What if we felt as close to our loved ones all year around as we do at Thanksgiving and Christmas? I’m convinced that it is the traditions created in families that hold them together. Some people think that a tradition has to be a long, drawn out ritualistic behavior. It can be something as simple as sitting at the dining room table together every morning to drink coffee and talk about the plans for the day.

The family super glue adheres better as traditions become more important. Any routine you build together will become a part of who you are as a family. The family that prays together stays together – because they pray together. A mutual belief and a mutual faith are the strongest bonds of all. Not only does the family talk to each other, but they talk to God together.

Common interests make relationships stronger. If you go rock hunting as a family, more power to you! Family vacations are a good idea, but to get even more specific about activities is even better. If only two people in your family like to hunt for rocks, maybe it would be better to choose a different activity to do as a family.

My friend grew up in a family steeped in several different traditions. She talks about some of them with a great deal of excitement and anticipation, while others she almost dreads. Make sure the traditions you embrace are ones that all members of the family will enjoy.

 The family is a haven in a heartless world.  – Attributed to Christopher Lasch

In our city there is a River Festival every year in the middle of Summer. It was our family’s tradition to attend every year. We went to bathtub races and watched all sorts of fun competitions every day. At the end of the festival there were fireworks. We took our lawn chairs and sat by the river bank and watched the sky light up every year.

Traditions can be enjoyed all year! It does not have to be Thanksgiving or Christmas to gather your family together for a happy routine. Even though life gets hectic and we tend to get busy once the “new” wears off the new year, we need to make an effort to stay in touch through these magical events in the life of the family we refer to as traditions. 🙂