What makes traditions so important that a song had to be written about them? According to a website devoted to work-at-home moms, “Family traditions bring a sense of belongingness, commitment and familiarity with each other. They also pave the way for good times and good memories. Family traditions are also one way to carry on a family’s identity (e.g. ethnic, religious, occupational, recreational and so forth).”
Think about the things you do daily and on holidays. How many of those things are the same as the things you did when you were little? Did your parents have these same traditions when they were growing up? Or did they start the tradition with you? Have you passed it along to your own kids?
When my husband and I got married, we sat down and had a discussion (or two) about what kinds of things we enjoyed from our childhood that we want to do with our own kids. Some things we decided to let go of and others we carried into our own family. Traditions are so important and I hope that you are considering what is important to your family of the past and of your future.