Having family traditions has been a key element in our family being and staying close. I wrote a series that begins here on the necessity and how-to of creating Family Language – the special connection created that draws your family members together when they want to be understood. Part of that journey to creating a sense of family through shared experiences are traditions.
Our family has traditions built around birthdays, seasonal holidays, and religious holidays. Each one carries a little bit of the DNA of who we are as a family.
Christmas has a lot of traditions for our family. The season for us begins on the day after Thanksgiving, bright and early. Since our eldest was 3, we’ve set aside “Black Friday” for leaving urban, commercial civilization and driving to the countryside to pick out and chop down our Christmas tree. Since we’ve lived in New England, it has been one particular farm that spans several acres.
During this Christmas tree trip, we plan enough time for a romping game of Hide n Seek. For a couple of hours, hidden among the trees just hoping to be cut down for some family’s pleasure, you might just find my children and/or husband. They’ve made an art out of sniffing out the best places to hide, creating nature-ish calls to stealthily communicate with each other while hiding or seeking, and living for the thrill of being found last.
After having made sure that we had enough budgeted for a tree this year, we made our way to Jones Family Farms to chop down the newest addition to our family decor.
We even had time for a little posing for pictures…
Creating moments like this are so important to capturing memories that give your kids a real sense of family and belonging. Traditions are simply an avenue to marking precious moments with your family. Even if it isn’t a trip to a Christmas tree farm, be intentional this holiday season to create memorable experiences for your family!