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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 Some people might say, however, such things are outdated and have little place in the modern world.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 about why family traditions still matter and 3 specific ones you might want to start with your loved ones.
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 as it takes away from time playing with their toys, it’s not a bad family tradition. Especially not in the materialistic world that we live in today! Taking some time out to express gratitude for the things we have and to connect with others is always a positive thing.
Of course, that doesn’t mean the kids are going to realize that until they are a little older. Thus, in the meantime, you want want to make writing thank you cards as fun as possible for the youngsters. You can do so by getting some great notes online, as well as putting on some upbeat music to get the kids motivated while they complete the task.
Whether it’s waffles and syrup, pancakes and bacon, or something else, Sunday brunch is one of the terrific family traditions. And there are healthy options too for food, including omelettes with veggies like green peppers and mushrooms in them. Either you could make the meal or go out to a local restaurant for it on Sundays.
If that’s not something you currently do, you might ask, “What’s the big deal about having family breakfast on Sundays?” Well, it serves as a regular time when you know that the family will get together, which is very valuable in today’s busy society.
The meal also gives the person responsible for the family’s meal a break, if you go out somewhere. As well, Sunday brunch is an opportunity to show your family appreciation for their hard work all week.
Lastly, family traditions like this one are a bonding opportunity. Talk about school, the next family vacation, or anything else you want to chat about at the table.
Giving to charity at Christmas
Another tradition that many families take part in during the festive season is giving time or a donation to charity. Giving to charity is important. Why? It educates kids about caring for others and can help them appreciate the things they 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 valuable. Yes, it’s one of the great family traditions to uphold.
Lastly, don’t forget about the enduring family traditions of playing and watching football on Thanksgiving. This tradition may be the most controversial, depending on who you ask. One reason for that is 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 with a black eye or sprained ankle because of their football antics, then it may be a tradition you encourage them to get out of their heads this year!
Your take on family traditions
Do you do any of these things with your family? Are they outdated? If you have other family traditions, share them in the comments section below!