Family Traditions: Tips For Starting A New Tradition

Advice for an annual fun event that you can plan with the your kids. Information on games, ideas, options and planning.

Most of us have one or more "family traditions" that we celebrate, or take part in. Have you ever wondered how these traditions came about? Have you ever thought it might be nice to pass a tradition on to the generations to come? Every tradition started with someone just like you or me. Whether you are a grandparent, parent or are going to become a parent you can pass on a tradition that will be enjoyed and celebrated by generations to come. Here are a few suggestions that might help you start thinking of a tradition that will fit your family.

Your own personal "family tradition" can be just about anything. You can expand on holiday occasions that your family already celebrates, or you can come up with something that is totally unique to you and your family. The possibilities are endless. All you need is a little imagination.

One tradition idea, given to me by a friend, expands on Mother's Day. He started a tradition in his family where every Mother's Day, he and his grown sons, and son-in-laws would get together and prepare a wonderful meal, doing all of the cooking and all the cleaning up after. They took "Mother's Day" and added their own special tradition to it to make their wives "queens for the day".

Expanding on existing traditions is only one way to create one of your own. Traditions can be something that is observed annually, or monthly, or even daily. What is important is, that it's special to you.

My sister-in-law told me of a daily tradition in her family. For as long as she can remember, her father would wake up all of the children every morning before he went to work (even though he left for work much earlier than they would be getting up) to kiss them good-bye and tell them that he loved them. He always told them that if anything ever happened to him during that day, he wanted them to know he had told them that he loved them that day. This tradition has now been passed down for him to his daughter, to her two children and now to their children. This father has passed on this tradition that will probably continue for many generations to come.

Another idea could be a "Family Appreciation Day". You can pick any day you want for something like this. You might draw a date out of a hat, or pick a day that has some kind of special meaning to you or your family. Each year, on that day, celebrate it with those you love. Find a way that each of you can express how much you appreciate each other. This could be with a gift, or maybe a letter to other family members, expressing how the appreciation felt for them. You could do this with your immediate family or include other relatives as well.

The family unit is the very fabric of our civilization. Tradition can play a vital part in binding families together, and developing strong relationships. Give it a try. Gather your kids or other family members together and come up with some ideas of your own. Or be creative and pass on something to your future generation.

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