Holiday traditions can come in many forms and provide a reoccurring opportunity to make memories. Visiting Santa at the mall, going to the movies on Christmas Day, reading “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Christmas Eve, lighting the Hanukkah menorah; the list can go on and on.
In addition to making the holidays memorable and comfortable, they serve a higher purpose that contributes to our well-being.
Stability: Families are constantly changing. Different jobs, kids moving out, perhaps some occasional tension during get-togethers. Families count on traditions as unchanging constants despite an ever-changing environment.
Unity: Traditions provide an opportunity for everyone to feel connected. Th is is particularly important for children and any new family members celebrating their first holiday with you. Taking part in a long-standing tradition fosters the feeling of acceptance, which can’t be overlooked.
Identity: Every family does something different, but how you carry out your family tradition makes your group unique. Traditions become a part of who you are and how you celebrate.
Connections to the past: Traditions can serve as a bridge from the past to the present. They provide a forum to connect with those who have gone before you with that tradition.
What traditions are you instilling this year?