Thanksgiving Traditions Are Important
What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? We all have them and they may just be more important than you think.
Traditions such as eating certain foods, writing out things and people you are thankful for on a butcher paper tablecloth, taking a family walk or playing a game of Flag Football all make the holiday extra special.
During my youth, we would watch The Wizard of Oz every Thanksgiving.
No matter what traditions you have – traditional, or quirky, they are the glue that binds us together during the holidays.
They help us share celebrations with our loved ones and our community.
They give us a sense of belonging and help us mark important dates.
Even more importantly, they help us make memories.
Think back on your favorite childhood memories. Chances are that they are tied to traditions.
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Another important aspect of traditions is that they are something we share with others.
Creating and following through with traditions helps us strengthen and nurture relationships.
That’s why it’s so important to blend and come up with new family traditions as you start your own family. You take the best traditions from each side, blend them, and then come up with a few of your own. You’re creating your very own set of family holiday traditions that will bind your little family together.
Of course, you may also share traditions with the larger community like church service, or the city holiday parade.
They are events where we interact and meet others in our community. They make us feel part of the city, group, or church.
Take a minute to think about your own holiday traditions.
What do you do year in and year out?
Nourish those traditions and pass them on to your children. If you don’t have a lot of traditions yet, there’s no better time than the present to start them.
And don’t stop now. We still have Chanukah, Christmas and New Year. These are all great times to create traditions.
Traditions can also be shared throughout the year.
Build a sand castle during summer vacation, make Thursday night, pizza night, or play board games on the first Sunday of the month with friends.
Embrace traditions and see for yourself how they can enrich your life and your relationships.
I would love to know about your traditions.
Please share in the comments below.