Family traditions create a sense of identity, family cohesiveness, comfort, security, reinforce family values, and, of course, create memories. But traditions don’t happen without some planning and organisation.
This is the time to start planning the traditions you want to create with your family.
I think it’s lovely to take photos in a certain place, or to take a family photograph together once a month. Link these into your photograph yearbook, and you’ve got a winner!
Some other ideas for family traditions:
- A birthday letter to each child
- The birthday child gives a gift to his/her siblings
- Family time capsule
- Gratitude jar/journal
- First day of school photos
- A height measure on one wall
- Weekend breakfast
- Kitchen dance party
- Monthly/annual service project
- Game/movie night
- Responsibilities and privileges letter at each birthday
These are just things to help you to create memories with your families. They are not meant to be extra work – they’re meant to be fun!
Seasonal Family Traditions
You might also like to create a list of ‘seasonal’ memories.
January: Record everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions
February: Valentines cards/gifts
March: Plant seeds and watch them grow
April: Set up an Easter Egg hunt
May: Go on a family bike ride
June: Camp in the garden
July: Swim outdoors
August: Make a campfire
September: Learn a new skill
October: Pick a pumpkin and carve it
November: Explore a castle or stately home
December: As well as your Christmas traditions, revisit your New Year’s Resolutions