Make Your Family Traditions Matter

(Plus Ideas for Creating New Ones)

Improve your family traditions

In this week’s podcast, we discussed “Why do family traditions matter?” Family Traditions are great for bonding and instilling values, but do you know why you started them? Do they feel like your own? Here are some ideas for making your family traditions more intentional:

Discover The Why

Do you know where a family tradition originated? If the tradition is broadly practiced, research and study the history of it together. If the tradition is unique to your family, talk to your parents and grandparents or look through your genealogy to find clues to the origin of your traditions. Knowing why you do something is important for finding meaning in your traditions.

Evaluate Your Values

A few weeks ago, we invited you to make a family motto. After you have assessed what matters most to your family, evaluate whether or not the family traditions you have are in line with those values. Are they in line with your religious beliefs? Are they in line with the family culture you aspire to have? If not, make the adjusts that are necessary to keep in line with those values.

Consider Personalities

Each member of your family plays a vital role. Make sure this is reflected in your family traditions. If you have a musical child, incorporate songs into your holidays. If you have an artsy child, make crafts as part of your traditions. Incorporate each child (and parent)’s unique hobbies into each tradition. Ignore the temptation to follow the societal pressures of specific traditions – your family traditions are for building and bonding your family.

Create Your Own

Alter or create your own family traditions. Here are some ideas to help you get started (many of these are inspired by community members of our Facebook groupIntentional Family Life“)

  1. Write letters to your family at a specific time of the year (For example, gift them personal letters on Christmas).
  2. Switch up the time of a social tradition (For example, Make gingerbread houses on valentine’s day rather than Christmas).
  3. Find a way to celebrate an ancestor or deceased loved one (For example, make a meal from their country of origin on their birthday).
  4. Celebrate your family’s “Birthday” (For example, on or around your wedding anniversary throw a “birthday party” for your family).
  5. Schedule a yearly get-together to do a favorite activity (For example, go camping on every 3rd Saturday in August).

What are your favorite family traditions? Comment below or share with us on one of our social media pages!

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