There is great power in the establishment of positive, repetitive personal, family and community traditions. We need to consider how to add these small and more momentous acts into the lives of our family. Part of offering welcome to others around us can also involve including others in these traditions. Why go to the effort to plan and implement regular family traditions?
The repetitive act of family traditions gives security to family members.
They add a sense of identity to our families.
They give the opportunity for "family lore" and stories to be passed from one generation to the next.
They connect us to the larger community.
They root our story in the historical stories of our family, community and country.
They need to be planned to be simple enough to implement without exhausting all concerned!
They must be adjusted through the years as our children grow (see story below)
They can help to reinforce our faith and what we believe.
They are fun to pass on to the next generation and add a sense of continuity to the next generation.
They give us an opportunity to live generously and to include others that may be beyond our family circle.
Some of our family stories:
One year we had to adjust our normal family tradition as our children had grown older. Our children (and a friend of Fay’s) wanted to climb on the roof to have the Easter picnic! We all climbed a ladder and I served food and hot chocolate on the roof and we told the Easter story up there. It was good that it was very early in the morning as I am not sure what the neighbors would have thought had they seen us!
Though the years we have had an Easter Morning sunrise picnic with our children and have used the Easter Story Eggs to tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We have passed on this tradition to our children for them to share with their family. Brett made a set of the Easter Story Eggs for our son and daughter-in-law and this is now a tradition for them as well.