Traditions not only bring your family together, but they also communicate important messages about what you value and believe. Here are five tips for starting some traditions in your own family:
- Start with something simple. Family holiday traditions don’t have to be extravagant. It can be as easy as the meals you eat, the songs you sing, or the people you visit. Think of one simple change you can make this season—you can always add to it in the coming years.
- Search your past. Perhaps there was a holiday tradition from your childhood that you can easily start in your own family. Talk with your parents or siblings. Also talk with your wife or child’s mother—she may have a tradition from her childhood that can be passed on.
- Get your kids involved. Ask them what traditions they think would be fun for the family, and give them a chance to be in charge of certain parts. After all, they are the ones who will be doing them with you over the years—best to get their input.
- Be intentional in your traditions. Make a real effort to start and stick to traditions. Plan for them and make them a big deal for your family. Let your children know that your family’s traditions are important.
- Be there. Obviously the best traditions require the participation of all the family members—especially you. Make the time for your family, and for your traditions.