When you hear the word ‘tradition’, what do you think of? Of course, I immediately think about Fiddler on the Roof and the word ‘TRADITION’ booming in song! A very old memory indeed, but isn’t that what traditions are all about? Old and familiar ways of doing things…a place to go for comfort and routine.
When it comes to the holidays, ‘tradition’ is truly the essence of the season. We pass down lots of past family practices like; putting the same ornaments on the tree, using the same table cloth and decorations, or cooking the same dishes and special treats. And just like routines, traditions offer safety and structure to our kids – an opportunity to pause, take stock and spend time together - something families can benefit from all year round.
I’d like to challenge you though…what would it be like to create NEW traditions for the holidays? You might be a new family – either newly married and just beginning or newly blended and discovering what traditions have been and what will be. Or maybe your family is made up of kindred spirits that feel just like family. Family is family, right? We are a blended family that has been together for 15 years now! I just love that we have had all those years to create a rich tradition of how we do the holidays together. And even though it feels like we’ve firmly established our family and our traditions, I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to introduce new traditions to share with our kids and grandkids – especially as they reflect on what they carry forward and create for their own lives and as we honor who they are now in their lives.
I’m not going to tell you what my idea is just yet…I don’t want to spoil the surprise for my kids, so you’ll just have to wait until after the holidays! What I do know is that if you really think about it, you could probably come up with a lot of new tradition ideas that would honor you and your family at this extra special time of year. I’d love to hear about them too! Please share…and it’s okay if you want to wait until after the holidays so you can surprise your family too! Blessings & Love to ALL families!
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