Traditions: holding a family close

by Marjory Collins, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

There are many things that hold a family close. Traditions are right up there on the list! Traditions are the things that our children will remember long after we are gone.

I remember:

  • vacations visiting the out-of-state relatives
  • midnight Mass and meat pies at Ma Tante’s house afterward
  • New Year’s Eve game nights at Ma Tante’s with all the cousins showing up
  • sitting on the front porch eating popcorn on stormy nights
  • 4th of July fireworks over the Drive-In theater screen

My children remember:

  • Donuts & Doctrine on Sunday mornings
  • The Blessing on Sunday nights
  • Thanksgiving bag
  • Amahl & the Night Visitors on New Year’s Eve
  • birth stories on birthdays
  • special movies on special days (1776 on 4th of July, Groundhog Day on Feb 2)
  • getting Christmas tree on the day after Thanksgiving
  • game night on New Year’s Eve
  • night time stories read by Dad

Sometimes traditions are big things, sometimes they are very small but memorable. What traditions are you building into your home for your children to remember in years to come?

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  1. Sticky buns for Christmas morning are required. I once suggested we have a different menu for Christmas morning and everyone looked at me as if I had suggested that the world stop spinning!

    Another tradition I work hard to maintain, even though I am not sure my kids know it is intentional, is to have something wonderful just baked or baking when they arrive home from their travels. Whether it is home after a semester of school, or a summer of working away, an extended trip, or I just haven’t seen the grands in a while, I always try to have the house smell like “home.” The scents of cinnamon or bread or sweets baking say “welcome home” as soon as they step in the door and always bring a smile to the face.

    • Laurie what a great idea!! And I love how our children latch on to certain events or traditions as part of what makes a holiday special! Thanks, sweetie.

  2. Traditions are big things in our young family: Christmas Eve Noche Buena, Thanksgiving Dinner for New Year, etc. You’re so right in saying that traditions hold a family close. My husband and I are building our own traditions to make family moments memorable and which our children can cherish until old age.

    • Lovely, Rina!!

  3. Yes traditions are important! And I find it’s never too late to start one. My parents are old already, we have children of our own, but we started Games Night on Saturdays. My parents love it when we all come together and play Go Fish, Crazy Eights, or some other card games. And our children love seeing their grandparents do crazy things!!! Patsy from HeARTworks and papemelroti

  4. Great post, Kate. I’m always amazed at the things my kids remember. One of them was eating dinner together as a family. That’s a BIG deal to them. Now that they’re in college and busier, it’s a little tricker. But they still love it, and that’s a huge blessing.

    • I love hearing the traditions that children find important and significant. And it might be something as seemingly small as eating suppers together. Wonderful!

  5. Oh Kate, what fun ideas! And how fun to know that you and I may well have been enjoying games with our families on the same New Year’s Eve nights. 🙂 I, too, love family traditions and I love the holidays. Best of all – and I know you agree on this – are finding fun and creative ways to share God’s love with our family, friends, and others during these delightful holidays. Sweet joys! 🙂 Have a blessed week.

    • Kaye, you are so ON THE MONEY!! Blessings to you, sweetie!


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