Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday and one that reminds us of what is really important in life – family. It is a holiday for gratitude and a time to be thankful for everything we have.
Thanksgiving is a time for families to remember and show how much they value each other. It is a time to renew family relationships and a time to let go of grudges. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to slow down and a time to give one of our most scarce resources to others, our time.
Whether you have a big family or a small one you’ll agree that without family, the holidays would not to be the same. It’s the closeness
you experience with family and the memories you have that make the day special.
Families and Traditions
Holidays like Thanksgiving are perfect for teaching children about family traditions. Many parents hope their children will pick up on these historical practices and pass them along to their kids. Holidays are the perfect time to learn about traditional recipes, customs, and a bit of history and literature.
People who share traditions have stronger bonds. Tradition provides us with a reason to get together, it gives us activities to perform, and it gets us into a festive mood. Traditions are fulfilling because they provide us with feelings of belonging, an increased feeling of connection to our loved ones, and they evoke feelings of happiness.
Most adults have happy memories of the traditions from their youth.
- Consistency: Practice traditions every year so children can learn them and look forward to them. Be consistent with traditional recipes, decorations, or whatever works for you.
- It’s not an obligation: If children don’t want to participate in the tradition, don’t push them. Sometimes teens think traditions are boring and outdated and they can’t imagine why people still keep them up. Just go ahead and stick to your traditions. As they grow and mature they will be more willing to participate.
- Fun: Traditions should be fun. Even if you’re just cooking or baking, listen to happy, traditional music in the background and sing along. When traditions are fun, children will want to participate and it will not feel like an obligation.
- Family: Involve the entire family. The more the merrier. This will give you the opportunity for the bonding time you are looking for. So turn off the TV, put the cell phones away, and leave the video games in another room. This is connection time.
- Positive Attitude:Always keep a positive attitude. Accidents will happen, time will be tight, things may get messy, but a positive attitude will keep the kids coming back. Put on your patience cap, roll up your sleeves, and enjoy the time with your kids.