“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!”
Family traditions for the holidays vary as greatly as the families who keep them.
Whether you celebrate with a fantastic home-cooked feast, or Chinese Take-Out;
spend a quiet day at home, or spend it packed with extended family and friends, and friends of friends;
whether you are starting a new tradition in your family or keeping a long beloved one… keeping holiday traditions is part of the fabric of what makes a family.
Traditions become something we count on.
Another thing we can count on in life is change.
Have you just moved and can’t find your Christmas tree among the chaos ?
Feeling lonely because family is far away?
Spending the holidays in a country where food and customs are quite different?
Maybe, for whatever circumstance, you aren’t able to keep your most treasured traditions?
Don’t despair !
Don’t let circumstances rob you of the joy and roots of the holiday!
Get creative !
Make up a new tradition. You might just be surprised how much you’ll love it!
Soon after another move far away from all our family, and before we had really met anyone in our new town, a very quiet Christmas surprised us.
It was just us.
Our traditions always included a wonderful Christmas dinner and a house bursting with friends and family. The house was glaringly quiet and we debated what to do.
And so, we decided to go out for Chinese food !
Yep. Could have been inspired by the 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon. 🙂
Truthfully, it felt kind of sad and pathetic at first….but we laughed and we told funny family stories, and we ate together, and really enjoyed the night.
Five years later, and five Christmas Eve Chinese dinners later, this has become one of my children’s absolute favorite traditions.
So, whether you’re looking for some new traditions to add to your celebrations,
or you’ve found yourself in need of a few creative ideas for making some new ones,
Friday Family Tradition Favorites:
* Serving Others from Melinda Todd
* Reading Stories aloud by candle light from Contented at Home
(read them on a kindle, laptop, etc…all FREE)
* Turkey Ticket Traditions from Lets Get Together
* Thanksgiving Games from A Pinch of Joy
* Fun Family Holiday Traditions from Crazy Little Projects
* Start a New Tradition from A View Along the Way
* Build a Gingerbread House Village from HOUSEography