Think back to your fondest childhood memories of family vacations, holiday celebrations and special birthday parties. You can’t help but smile. Sitting around the dinner table, sharing the events of the day made us feel like we belonged. Now that we are parents we need to make memories and create traditions for our children so that they will remember those memorable moments of their lives.
Traditions and memories are one of the things that ties a family together. You feel a part of something special that you share with your family. People are always reminiscing about family traditions during the holidays. How they always had a certain meal on Christmas eve or went caroling every year. This common element made the holidays special because it happened every year and everyone loved it!
Make a memory with your children,
Spend some time to show you care;
Toys and trinkets can’t replace those
Precious moments that you share.
by Elaine Hardt
Creating traditions can be as simple as serving favorite meals on birthdays, eating black-eyed peas every New Year’s Day, coloring Easter eggs together, having a fourth of July cook-out and then watching fireworks, sharing what you are thankful for every Thanksgiving, and baking Christmas cookies and decorating the tree while singing Christmas carols.
Traditions are usually passed on from one generation to the next. Remember to include your faith in those traditions. Say a prayer every night together or at every meal giving thanks.
Attend Sunday morning services together and share what you learned on the way home. Sometimes it’s the little things that matter the most!