We’ve been talking about the holidays and creating your own traditions for the holidays. That’s the great thing about having a family of your own. You can keep some of the traditions you grew up participating in and you can skip right over the traditions you didn’t care for. It doesn’t matter if you and your spouse have children, because holiday traditions are about building strong bonds.
Our First Few Christmases
The first few years we were together, we did not have children and I’ve told you some of the traditions we embraced in those years. When you have kids, your traditions will change too. The point of building these stronger bonds occur through the rituals we develop to celebrate our holidays.
The holidays are a stressful time and the simple truth is that many families spend their time rushing from store to store trying to find that perfect gift or that new hot gift or just looking for a gift at all. Anyone who has been in a retail store at the holidays can tell you that it’s not a relaxed trip to the store. It’s teeming crowds of people that are all rushing about on their own agendas.
Everyone rushing about is stressing and by the time they load up their purchases in the car, they head home cranky and exhausted. So it can help alleviate your stress and the load of stress in your family to make the holidays less about the gifts you are giving or receiving and more about the bonding time and togetherness.
Get the Family Together
Get your family together and ask for their ideas. Maybe your kids want to make holiday cookies or your husband wants to cuddle together on the sofa to watch some Christmas classics. Maybe you can go through the holiday cards together and make a Christmas craft from them. But it doesn’t matter what your family suggests, it matters that you all work together to create your Christmas traditions.
You may keep some traditions from this holiday season next year and you may add more traditions to it, year to year, as your children grow older, as you add new children to the family and as you add more members to your family. Remember, you are creating memories and these traditions are great because they can increase laughter and relaxation in your family and make the time that all of you spend together important.
What traditions do you celebrate in your family?