I absolutely love this Let’s Be Honest Mamas group we’ve put together of amazing and inspiring moms (check them out at the bottom of this post and you cans see our other monthly posts here) and I am so excited for this months topic of family traditions. Family is so important to me! I love creating and carrying on traditions that will hopefully make my family close-knit for a lifetime. I truely believe that big or small, everyday or holiday-based, family traditions are the key to creating those unbreakable bonds.
- What do family traditions mean to you?/Why are they important to you? Family traditions are so important because that is when you create and share memories that will last a lifetime. They can be big or small, daily or yearly, but they are what keep a family bonded.
- What are some of your holiday family tradition? We usually go camping for Thanksgiving and Easter with my family. And we always spend Christmas together too. Growing up, we’d head up to the mountains to cut down a Christmas tree, so Cody and I have carried on that tradition with our own little family of three. We watch Christmas Vacation as a family (it’s my dads favorite movie), dance in the living room to Alan Jacksons Christmas CD (the one featuring the chipmunks…it’s another one of my dads favorites), and Cody and I drive around to look at Christmas lights. My mom and sister usually come to visit me so we can all go Christmas shopping together too. And now that we’re older, we’ve started doing a Secret Santa gift exchange. For birthdays, my parents always make the birthday boy or girls favorite meal. As we’ve gotten older, we can’t always celebrate together on the actual birthday but we always make up for it with either an early or belated celebration.
- Family traditions don’t just have to be holiday based…what are your daily/weekly family traditions? Growing up we had so many traditions that weren’t holiday based and I really think it’s what helped my sister and I always be close to our parents. I swear, we never went through a stage of hating our parents or not wanting to spend time with them. Some of our childhood traditions were eating dinner together as a family every night, Sunday dinners with our grandparents, daily walks after school with our mom, ice cream after our first day of school so we could tell all about our day, random dance parties in the living room, driving down dirt roads and our dad would let us sit on his lap to drive, and camping…we did a lot of camping. I plan to carry all of those traditions on with my own little family as Hazel grows. So far, we eat all our meals as a family, Hazel and I take daily walks together, and we love camping.
- Share your tips for creating strong family traditions. (Examples: Communication, Scheduled family time, etc). I think starting family traditions when kids are young really helps to establish the strong family bonds and traditions that will last as your kids grow up. Communicating as a family, listening to each other’s interests, and taking an interest in what your kids like is also important when establishing traditions that the entire family will enjoy.
- Tell us something positive you have seen come out of making an effort to have family traditions/family time? My family is so close knit and I think a lot of it has to do with so much family time when my sister and I were kids. My sister and I have always been best friends, and we’ve always been really close to our parents and enjoy spending time with them (even during our teenage years). We still do so much with our parents and absolutely love all our traditions and family time. My hope is that by carrying on family traditions and spending quality time with my kids, they’ll grow up to feel the same way about Cody and I as my sister and I feel about our parents.
Be sure to check out these beautiful mama’s blogs for their tips on creating family traditions: