Family Traditions- Are They Meaningful?

Family traditions are those little rituals that are passed down from generation to generation.  The greatest thing about family traditions is that they don’t need to cost a dime.  It’s the little things, not the big things that are remembered over time.

I fondly remember helping my grandmother make Springerle cookies at Christmas. It was a special time between my grandmother and I that was repeated every year. I don’t recall one single gift that my Grandmother ever gave me for my Birthday or for Christmas, but I clearly remember the good smells, and overwhelming sense of love that I felt as a result of this simple tradition.

 We all have busy lifestyles, but adding a small tradition here or there can make a huge difference in a child’s life.  Family traditions give children a sense of belonging and memories they will hold for a lifetime.  It’s simply a routine with meaning and all children love rituals and repetition.

By the way, I hate the way Springerle cookies taste.  After our baking was complete, I always took a small nibble and secretly stashed the rest in the garbage. The cookie was not was mattered, it was the opportunity to celebrate a relationship that was important to me.

So what is your favorite family tradition?