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Start off the New Year Right! The Importance of Family Traditions

family having fun outdoorsEvery child needs to identify with their family unit and feel like they belong. Family traditions give children that sense of deep connection they so desire. If children do not feel like they belong to their family, they will seek out that sense of belonging and identity elsewhere.

This can be in gangs or in other undesirable social groups. While we all have family traditions, whether we call them that or not, think about having a family tradition for each month of the year. Check out this list of ideas to get you started.

January:

Adopt a charity to support for the year, take a polar plunge, take an annual family photo

February:

Send Valentine’s Day cards to nursing home residents, make homemade chocolates

March:

Attend Easter service, color eggs, have an Easter egg hunt, attend an Easter parade

April:

Spring cleaning, attend a baseball game

May:

Have a Mother’s day dinner, host a Memorial Day cookout, make and deliver homemade cookies to patients of a veteran’s hospital

June:

Have an annual family reunion, Have a Father’s day dinner

July:

Host a Fourth of July BBQ, watch Fireworks, attend a local state fair

August:

Take a family vacation, go on a weekend camping trip, have back yard Olympics

September:

Apple picking, visit a farm, have an apple pie bake off

October:

Host a harvest party, go pumpkin picking, go for a hayride, make a scarecrow

November:

Watch a Thanksgiving Day parade, eating Thanksgiving dinner together, make a list of all the things that you are thankful for

December:

Cut down your own Christmas tree, make a new Christmas ornament, attend Christmas Eve service together, eat Christmas dinner together, donate toys to a needy family

Top 15 Family Traditions

According to “The Emergence and Practice of Ritual in the American Family, a report by Jay D. Schvaneveldt and Thomas R. Lee published in Family Perspective the top 15 family traditions of 1983 were:

  • 1. Christmas
  • 2. Birthdays
  • 3. Family Vacation
  • 4. Easter
  • 5. Sunday Dinner
  • 6. Visits to Relatives
  • 7. Fixed Time for Supper
  • 8. Thanksgiving
  • 9. Family Reunions
  • 10. Family Prayer
  • 11. Housecleaning Routines
  • 12. New Year’s Day
  • 13. New Year’s Eve
  • 14. Father Cooking Dinner
  • 15. Dinner Table Seating

Michelle LaRowe, A Mom’s Ultimate Book of Lists, Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, January, 2010.Used by permission. All rights to this material are reserved. Material is not to be reproduced, scanned, copied, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without written permission from Baker Publishing Group. http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com.


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