Making Time for Meaningful Traditions
We love traditions in our family. “Love Muffins” on Valentine’s Day, a new board game on the first day of school, pumpkin patch visits in the fall, sleeping under the Christmas tree the first night it’s up, and new pajamas from “Frosty” every winter. I sometimes giggle that my kids are so used to our traditions that they think they’re just a normal part of life.
This year we’ve had the privilege of having another family live with us for several months. They’ve been here through a few of our birthday traditions and our first day of school traditions. It’s been a bit of an eye opener for my kids to see that other families don’t do all the special things we do — and that they have their own fun traditions, too. Let’s just say I got some extra hugs from my kids at the start of our homeschool year when the other kids in our home remarked throughout the day that they’ve never celebrated their first day before.
It’s easy for traditions to loss their meaning and sense of specialness through the years. There’s also the flip side of this, too. Keeping lots of traditions going year-to-year can become exhausting and overwhelming. I know I have quite a long list of fun things I want to do each Christmas.
I believe traditions are an important part of bringing our family together and creating lifelong memories. I’ve actually been speaking on their value for over a decade. Whether you’re a family who just needs a few ideas for starting traditions in your home or you’re a family who needs a reminder that you don’t have to “do it all,” these tips will help you to make traditions fun and meaningful in your family.