Traditions Are Meant to Last

Most kids crave novelty – the newest video game, the biggest Christmas tree, the latest, greatest…
But at holidays, they are transformed from thrill seekers to traditionalists. If your family has done it before, your kids will want to do it again.

I call it the “we all” of family. We always do this special activity for “the holidays.” There’s something reassuring about traditions. In a world where nearly everything is disposable, traditions remind us that some things were meant to last.

Our family has a lot of Christmas traditions that we incorporate into our family time. From delivering Christmas cookies and caroling at our neighbors homes, capturing silly Christmas Eve antics, to our sharing meals with refugee families on Christmas day, our family tapestry is woven with traditions.

I’m sure we each have our favorite unique ideas, but maybe this year you are looking for something new for your family time.

Many of us are faced with large distances separating our family members, and that often brings great sadness of times missed together.

Why not create a Christmas Share Box?  It’s a clever way of bridging the distance during the holidays, and one that might became not just an instant tradition, but one that may bring comfort and joy to your family, as well.  Unlike your average holiday parcel, this Christmas box is short on glitz and requires minimal assembly. It’s just a cardboard box your kids can fill with things that tell a story about where they live and what’s been happening in their lives this year. Fill it with seashells, pressed flowers, pinecones, postcards with a local theme, edible items, trading cards, ticket stubs–anything that says ‘me’ and ‘my story.’ (Don’t forget drawings and photos.) The idea is to make the box a reciprocal affair–while your kids are assembling one for their cousins, their cousins will be putting together a similar box for them.  You can follow up with a phone call to share the excitement. Have each cousin tell their stories about what they put in the box and why it’s important to them that year.  After the boxes have been exchanged, ask your kids which was more fun: making one or receiving one. They’ll probably be hard-pressed to choose–and isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

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