One of the great ways to connect with our families during the busy holiday season is with holiday traditions…or as we call them “Holly-day” traditions. I don’t know why, how or when they started being called that, but it stuck! Traditions are a great way to connect with our families, spend time together, learn new things about each other and build memories that will last a life time. I still have fond memories about baking cookies in the kitchen with my Mom, sitting in front the tv after school for the old holiday classics, and wrapping up gifts with my Dad, who became a perfectionist when wrapping!
12 Holly Day TraditionsThankfully traditions can be simple & easy or as complex & detailed as we want, or a combination of them. We also can have as many traditions as we want. Traditions from years past and new ones we begin each year. Many of us bring traditions with us from our childhoods, which are great! Sometimes learning to compromise and blend traditions can be a bit tricky, but open communication will help with that. Often families begin their own traditions as the children come and get older. When looking at beginning a new tradition, getting the kids involved and hearing their viewpoints is a great way to incorporate traditions that are more likely to last.
If you signed up for my FREE mini course on Holiday Stress Busting, I mentioned talking with your kids about whether or not “old” traditions were really important to them or not. You may find that some traditions actually cause them stress or unhappiness and there are new ones that they would much rather incorporate or at least try. Part of becoming a transformed, happy family is being sure that everyone has a voice and that everyone’s opinion/feelings are taken into account and honored as much as possible.
One of my friend’s asked for an example on this and it just so happened that the first one that popped into my head had to do with holiday traditions! Another family I know has three children and about the time they were all preteens/teens, their parents decided it was time to change some of their holiday traditions. During their monthly family meeting at the beginning of December, they asked their kids for suggestions of new ones and any that they wanted to do away with. One of the children suggested adding a week long ski trip during vacation as a new tradition. Now, this family had never been skiing together and a week long trip was out of the budget, but the parents listened, discussed why the child wanted to try this (turns out one of their friends from school did this with their family) and came up with a compromise. The whole family tried downhill skiing and cross country skiing at a local mountain and it turned out that NONE of them enjoyed downhill skiing! However, they fell in love with cross country skiing (not a big surprise since they are avid hikers) so now they have incorporated cross country skiing into their holiday traditions.
I have a new mini course that covers traditions for you and your family. For 12 days you will recieve an email each day with a suggestion of a new holiday tradition to try. Many of them are easy, free or inexpensive and you can customize them to fit your family!
Sign up for it today, start getting those creative juices flowing and let me know some of your own favorite Holly Day Traditions, I’d love to hear from you!