Think about the best moments in your life?
Who were involved?
Most people’s answers will include family. Some of the best moments in my life (i.e. high school/college graduation, sport accomplishments, and bucket list trips) all occurred with the closest people in my life, my family.
Whether you are on your high school/college break or off from work, Christmas and New Year’s holidays give us time to slow down and take a well-deserved pause in our lives. For me, it’s a chance to catch up with some great people. Since the holidays are here, I figured I would write a quick post on the importance of family traditions, especially during this time of the year.
Traditions, On Traditions, On Traditions
Most families have some sort of tradition during the holidays. Family traditions become so routine in your life that you forget to realize that they are a tradition in the first place. Traditions, in my opinion, are broken down into three categories:
- Daily Traditions
An example includes dinner every night as a family or some sort of daily prayer.
- Weekly Traditions
Traditions include eating out as a family once a week or religious events such as mass.
- Life Changing Traditions
These traditions are usually very monumental in one’s life. For example, my mom always took photos of my sister and I on our first day of elementary, middle, or high school for her scrap-book.
If you stop to think, everyone has a few traditions in their family. Traditions allow families to spend quality time together. I know since I’ve began my career and moved away, traditions give me an opportunity to catch up with loved ones that I haven’t seen in quite some time.
Three Benefits of Family Tradition
Family traditions provide many benefits to the family and each individual. After doing some brainstorming on our family traditions, I believe that there are three major benefits:
- Traditions help families stay connected. This is especially important between generations. Sit down and have a one on one conversation with your grandparent. This is something I always do and usually get a kick out of our conversations.
- Traditions connect us to our family’s past. It’s very likely that families bring up childhood memories. I know this is the case for mine and it brings a lot of laughs and a few, “that’s not true”.
- Tradition provides comfort. No matter what goes on in one’s life, whether it’s stress from work or going through a rough time, family traditions will provide you with comfort.
Now imagine if the holidays weren’t there?
Cherish the available time that you have.
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