It’s SO important to have family traditions–especially around the holidays. We all live in such a fast-paced, always-on-the-go world, that it’s nice to have specific family time for you and your children to look forward to.
Family traditions have the ability to make family time feel even more special than normal. They bring you closer together and give your family a sense of uniqueness! As you know, children love feeling like they’re a part of something special.
Traditions also give a sort of “structure” to this busy time of year, and in the end, make it easier on parents to plan out their family’s holiday break. With the kids home from school and parents having a couple days off work, there will be plenty of down time for fun activities.
The best part about family traditions is that families can create just about any tradition they like! Maybe your family always goes sledding the first day of break. Or maybe your family always builds a snowman on Christmas Eve right before you open presents, and then you always turn on and watch “The Christmas Story” while drinking big mugs of hot cocoa. Or maybe you always go to the mission and help feed the homeless a Christmas Eve dinner and then you always head home to open gifts, but you only get to open one and the rest have to wait until Christmas Day. Whatever the activity, it’s the “always” that makes it a tradition, and the “always” that makes it special to your family.
It’s never too late to start a family tradition. Come up with some ideas on your own or spend some time with your children and ask them what they would like to do. You’ll probably get some fun, creative ideas!