Christmas Traditions

give us something to look forward to,
bring those involved closer together and
help us feel secure in our relationships with them,
cultivate a feeling of belonging to something special,
and help us create memories with people we love.

Interestingly, the word “traditions” is derived from the Latin word tradere
which literally means to give for safekeeping.
Isn’t that beautiful?

My sister {Cara} and I were talking the other day about Christmas traditions and how important and fun they are for the whole family. She has tried really hard to create and maintain traditions that offer a balance of some that only her own family is involved in and some of reaching out to love and serve family, friends, and community. She shared with me some of the traditions they have made ~ some they keep every year, some not every year. But they are traditions that they all love and look forward to.

Here are some of her family’s

Christmas Traditions lettering 1. They each choose someone who has been a positive role model during the year ~ someone who has positively influenced them personally, and then they find a way to thank them and do something special for that person. Example: One of her sons is putting together a collage of pictures and a letter for his high school culinary teacher.

2. Each year they gather together and make gingerbread houses and chocolate-dipped pretzels.

Cara's traditions

3. As a family they meet together for the annual selection of the perfect tree for them and then take it home and decorate it.

4. Each year they generously participate in a local Sub-for-Santa.

5. This year they are starting a new tradition ~ each of the children will choose some kind of homemade gift to make and give.

What special things do you do with your family?
I hope you have a blessed Christmas season sharing traditions with those you love.


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2 Responses to Christmas Traditions

  1. Kari December 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Hi Lori, what a beautiful blog! Every word I read, I can hear your voice. You are terrific!

    • Lori December 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

      Kari ~ You are a good friend. Thank you sooo much for reading and commenting. You just made my day.

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