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Family Traditions: Why Are They Important?

I love family traditions. They were very important to me growing up. I remember being very proud to tell my friends that our family always did this or that and I counted on the holidays being the same each year- even serving the same foods. Even now I think back on things I looked forward to each year with a fondness that helps me remember and appreciate my family- even those who are long gone. So when Brian and I started our family, it was ver…


Family Traditions: Now and Throughout The Year

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At the holidays, many of us are thinking about traditions and the things we look forward to doing with our families- both immediate and extended. Our desire is to make memories that will last a lifetime. Which is wonderful – but let’s not forget about family traditions we can create all year long as well. In the spirit of the season, then, it seems a perfect time to rework our Family Traditions Idea List created l…


Holiday Traditions

See the other parts of this series for:Why traditions are important Traditions around the table Weekly traditions Once-a-year traditions In some ways it’s much easier to establish traditions around holidays. There are usually plenty of family gatherings and planned activities. Actually, there are often too many things. I think the real challenge for holidays is creating some special traditions that are unique to your own family. That and…


The Family Traditions “Master List”

Here it is (better late than never…), the “Master List” of family tradition ideas compiled from not only my Family Traditions Series, but also readers who left comments and emailed ideas to me. There are some great ideas here! If you need inspiration to start new traditions for your family, this is it. If you’re not sure why you should have traditions, make sure to read this to remind yourself why they are important. If…


Weekly Family Traditions

In part one of this series (why traditions are important) and part 2 (traditions around the table)I’ve gotten some great additions for our list of family traditions- keep ‘em coming and I will list them all in one document at the end of the series. Today I’d like to highlight some of the simple and fun things our family likes to do on a weekly basis. These really are the things we have looked forward to through the years and s…


Family Traditions Around The Table

Some of the most important traditions our family has occur around our table. Food draws people together and creates an environment of nurturing and comfort. We use our time around the table to socialize our kids (one of our favorite things is to explain our emphasis on table manners by having them imagine visiting a future girlfriend/boyfriend’s family…and they get that!), find out about them, discuss our values and what’s goi…


Our Top Five Yearly Family Traditions

While traditions around the table and activities done weekly will be remembered as a whole, the things we do as a family, and many times extended family, only once a year are remembered in a much different light. Maybe because they are usually out of the realm of every-day life. These yearly activities are anticipated all year long and if something happens to get in the way of it, oh, do we hear about it. For a long time. So don’t mess wi…


November Notes: Menu Plan, Holiday Traditions & More

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…with the holidays upon us it seems the perfect time. The first is to highlight our series on family traditions, which includes an ultimate – or at least pretty comprehensive – list of tried-and-true tradition ideas that you can use to create meaningful and memorable traditions for your families, during the holidays and beyond. I loved that this list was created with not only the activities our family has enjoyed th…


Handmade Gifts: A Dozen Gift Basket Ideas

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…you are into wood carving, go for it. I have given homemade gifts for Christmas since I married and my extended family joined the bandwagon soon after. We give one “family gift” to each family- only the children get individual gifts. Needless to say, this cuts down on a lot of expense and stress. My favorite gifts to give, by far, are themed baskets or containers and I try to keep them to $10 or under. Here are 12 gift basket ideas t…


Family Cleaning Night

…To be honest, I just felt like I was running around all day trying to get everything done while the rest of the family dirtied everything up. So when my sister-in-law said their family had a “cleaning night,” I grasped the idea like a woman grabbing a lifesaver (oh, how I wish I had thought of it, but I’m so glad she did!). And yeah, I guess I wasn’t feeling “appreciated” and I hoped when they saw (and felt) w…