These Family Traditions Are Anything But Outdated

Traditions, the important rituals and ceremonies that help us to hold our families together, mark the passing of time, and celebrate the good things. Some may say, however, such things are outdated and have little place in the modern world. The arguments below, though, suggest something quite different. Read on to find out more.

Give a thank you card for a gift received

Saying thanks for presents received. A good practice? I’d say yes! Pexels photo (CC0).

Writing thank you notes

One thing that a lot of parents insist on is that their kids write thank you notes for any birthday or Christmas presents they receive as youngsters.

While kids might not like doing this very much as it takes away from time playing with their new toys, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad family tradition. Especially not in the materialistic world that we live in now. Taking some time out to express gratitude for the things we have and to reach out and make a connection with others is always a positive thing.

Of course, that doesn’t mean the kids are going to realize this until they are a little older, so, in the meantime, you may want to make writing thank you cards as fun as possible. You can do this by getting some great notes from sites like https://www.giftsin24.com/Personalized-Thank-You-Notes/1, as well as putting on some upbeat music to get the kids motivated while they complete their task.

Sunday brunch

Whether it’s waffles and syrup, pancakes and bacon, or home fries and eggs, Sunday breakfast or brunch, as it’s sometimes known, is a great tradition for many families.

If it’s not something you currently do, you may ask, “What’s the big deal about going out for breakfast on Sunday?” Well, it serves as a regular time when you know that the family will get together, which is something that the post at http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles suggests is very valuable in today’s busy society. It gives the person responsible for the family’s meal a break, as well as being an opportunity to show your appreciation to them for all their hard work in the week. This makes it a great tradition to uphold.

Giving to charity at Christmas

Another tradition that many families take part in during the festive season is giving time or donation to charity. This is a valuable as it educates kids about caring for others and can help them appreciate the things they are lucky enough to have in life. Some families do this through their churches or religious organizations, while others help out in soup kitchens or collect goods for food banks. Of course, how you do it isn’t as important as the act of charity itself that is so valuable to do.

Football dangers and safety

Is watching or participating in Thanksgiving football a good or bad family tradition? Photo via Pexels, CC0.

Thanksgiving football

Lastly, don’t forget about the enduring family tradition of playing or watching football on Thanksgiving. This tradition may be the most controversial, depending on who you ask, as it can prevent the spectators from helping with the Thanksgiving preparations! Also, playing the game can be dangerous. So if someone in your family is sitting down to a meal of turkey and sweet potatoes like the ones at http://allrecipes.com/recipes/983 with a black eye or sprained ankle because of their football antics, then it may be a tradition you encourage them to knock out of their heads this year!

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25 thoughts on “These Family Traditions Are Anything But Outdated

  1. Love this. I’m the youngest in my family and around the time I moved out of home we started going to the cinema every Friday night as a family. It didn’t last as long as some other traditions but I look back on that time so fondly. It was a comforting routine to have during a major transitional period, knowing that even though we didn’t all live together anymore we were still going to be present in each others lives.

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  3. Great post. Some things in it are clearly more about life across the pond but I love the idea of creating our own traditions or just turning things we would regularly do or try to do into a ‘tradition’. Me and my siblings would always joke about our mum doing something with us twice and calling it a tradition and going on at us to keep doing it. Now my darling mum has gone and I not only wish we’d stuck to these ‘traditions’ more but want to create more too. A lovely a thought provoking post.

  4. All wonderful traditions, which I appreciate more with each passing year.
    Sadly, eating dinner together as a family seems to be vanishing from the landscape. It seems this healthy, normal everyday practice is almost now, too traditional. Everyone is so busy with all their work and/or activities.
    Thank you, Christy!

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  6. These are great – now I’m in the mood for Thanksgiving, football, and Sunday brunch! One of our family traditions is to go out to dinner a few weeks before Christmas, then we all go together to buy a bunch of toys to donate to our local service center. It’s fun to play with the toys in the store beforehand to test them out. Another great thing about giving at this time of year is that a lot of charities will double or triple any donations.

  7. Growing up we went to confession together on Saturday and Mass on Sunday followed by the bakery (boston creme donuts – yum!) and then we went home to cook breakfast for everyone. There were 11 of us and sometimes Grandpa stayed for a month or more. You can imagine how wonderfully busy it was. And then on Sunday night mom made a roast. We always ate dinner together. Great memories – I love your posts Christy and your topics are thoughtful and wonderfully diverse – you are gifted!

    Thank you!
    Hugs!

  8. Absolutely love these ideas! Traditions have always been so important in our family. Sometimes with changes in the family…growth and deaths…..traditions sometimes change, but they are always there.

  9. Coucou ma petite Christy,
    J’espére que tu vas bien.
    Prends soin de toi, et merci pour tes articles au combien intéressants !
    A bientôt, “bonjour à mes amis Canadiens”
    Ton ami de France.

  10. Hi Christy…
    Traditions form a foundation for life and we as a family had many. My Dad was a prankster and we were always on guard when it came to opening a gift from Dad.
    The greatest gift was listen to him laugh, his joy would turn into tears of joy. It truly is a tradition I do miss.

    Hugs from Alberta

  11. We don’t have any special conventional traditions and just celebrate little things that we do. The house my children grew up in had a fireplace with wood molding around it but no mantle for hanging stockings. Instead we hung them on the stand that held the andirons.

  12. Wonderful post, Christy! When our children were young, a tradition we initiated was to have at least one meal together each day. It didn’t matter which meal, just that we would all be together and have the opportunity to share our highs and lows. It gave us, as parents, a chance to see how our children were doing, and it opened the door for them to talk to us, as well. My husband and I are blessed to have two amazing young-adult children now, who, by the way, still send thank-you notes. 🙂 We’ve always been a communicative family, and especially in this day and age where many are glued to the screen, true communication is key in any relationship. xo

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