Whether you are a young couple who is just moving into a new home or you’re a family moving from a smaller home to one that is larger, there are several traditions that you can begin in order to create memories with each other. Traditions can be handed down through the generations, some that you might have from your parents or grandparents—but they also all had to start somewhere. It’s important to create your own traditions that each family member enjoys so that you exhibit how much you love each other and how thankful you are to have each other.
Home For The Holidays
The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season often means that you neglect spending time with your family. They are off to do their own things, such as attending parties or shopping with friends. Spend one Saturday afternoon visiting a tree farm to find the perfect Christmas tree. Each year, choose an ornament to go on the tree. Complete the afternoon with cups of hot cocoa, plenty of pictures while decorating the tree and enjoying cookies around the beautiful lights.
Family Movie Night
Instead of spending a lot of money going to the movies, rent a few movies that the family can watch together. Spread blankets on the floor or on the couch in the living room, and enjoy a thrilling adventure or a comedy that makes everyone laugh. Create snack trays with containers that have divisions so that each person has popcorn, a drink and a snack to enjoy while watching the movie. A movie night brings everyone together in an intimate environment that watching a random television show just doesn’t offer.
One user at Our Family Tradition celebrates “Golden Birthdays” with their family. A golden birthday happens when they day of the month you were born matches the age you’re turning. If you were born on the 18th, for example, your golden birthday would be your 18th birthday. For each golden birthday in the family, let the guest of honor choose one location where they want to visit. Decorate the entire house in colors that the person enjoys, and plan a meal that includes favorite foods, a party that includes favorite friends, or a special night of out-on-the-town shopping—whatever they want! The family member has a special day to enjoy that they’ll remember for a lifetime, and the rest of the family gets the special joy of making someone they love feel special.
Giving To Others
Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving or just because you want to show love to someone else, consider giving to those who are in need. Christmas is a wonderful time as you can do Twelve Days of Giving. Each day, find a family in need or an organization to donate something to, such as food, shoes, clothing or even money. You could give a gift to your mailman or surprise someone at a nursing home. It doesn’t have to be expensive as it’s the thought that counts. This will teach children that it’s better to give than to receive.
Holidays are a special time of the year to create traditions with the family. However, there are other times when you can make special memories with those you love. Find what works for your family, and maintain that tradition through the years so that your children and grandchildren can take part when they are older.