Ideas for Creating Yearly Family Traditions

Things to do for your family tradition

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Holiday Traditions– Holiday traditions can be for just one of the major holidays or something you come up with for each of the major holidays. For example getting to open one present on Christmas Eve, or Reading the Night before Christmas on Christmas Eve, making your own costumes together for Halloween or visiting cemeteries to do tombstone rubbings with crayons and paper. Perhaps you can create a special Thanksgiving Day tradition? Sometimes the simplest of traditions can be the most memorable.

Create your own HolidaySit down with everyone and create your own family holiday. It should be something that says who you are as a family and what you are about. It can be a funny one, elegant, meaningful, whatever works for your family and what would excite you to have a holiday for. Come up with a name for it, the month and day it will be held, types of food, decorations and a little statement of what it is about. It can be celebrated just amongst your family or you can send out invitations, inviting extended family, friends or neighbors if you choose.

Family ReunionIf your family does not already have a family reunion, why not start one? Figure out a park or place it can be held and start inviting all those cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, great aunts and uncles. It is a great way to bring a family closer together and keeping in touch with what is happening with extended family members. Try to include something fun for the smaller children such as perhaps a piƱata or other types of games.
Vacation- of course nothing could be more looked forward to than a yearly family vacation! Try to include other family member’s desires on places they would like to go when considering that year’s destination. Perhaps it could rotate each year on who can choose the destination.

Family Historical Story Night– once a year why not hand down an oral tradition to the family? Tell stories of relatives and the history of your family. It is a great way to pass down what great great aunt Mabel was like and the times she lived in and keeps the history alive. Oral story telling traditions use to be an important part of many cultures.

Role Exchange DayTrying wearing the shoes of other family members once a year. On this day try role playing where other members take on the tasks and personalities of other members. It may help bring a lot of insight on how others view the other members or gain a deeper respect for another member.

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Inspire to Dream- Pick a day once a year where you do nothing but go window shopping as a family for members dreams. If someone wants a new car, go to several dealerships just to look and test drive cars. If someone wants a horse, visit some horse farms, if you are in the market for a new house; attend a couple of open houses for houses you could not afford! Keeping strong visualizations in your head of the dreams you want, help keep those dreams alive. Find out at least one thing from each member of something they want more than anything then try to visit a place for window shopping for that item! Let everyone know ahead of time you are just looking with open minds but not agreeing to buy anything.

Seasonal Traditions– This could be a trip to a cider mill or apple orchard in the fall, botanical gardens in the spring, a summer barbecue or a special sledding spot for the first good snowfall. It could be a craft to celebrate any of the first days of the season. Be creative here!

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