Traditions are important in families.
Whether it’s something daily like our prayer before a meal or something that only comes around once a year, like baking pies with Grandma at Thanksgiving, traditions give families something to look forward to, to depend on.
Growing up, my family had many traditions, many of which are still alive and well today. For instance, when we visit my parents’ home, we know that if it’s Saturday, my dad is grilling burgers and we’re eating baked beans with dinner. We also know that every Thanksgiving, my mother will take a few minutes at the dinner table and remind us of all God’s many blessings, most of all, the blessing of a loving faith-filled family.
As an adult child, and now a mother, I realize how important those traditions were for our family growing up, and still are.
They are a comfort to me, and I always know that I can count on them even when things seem chaotic in my life. My husband and I have created our own traditions in our home to provide those same things for our children.
My four-year-old knows that several times a week, he and I will cuddle up on the couch and read a story. Recently, we’ve been enjoying Hermie & Friends: God Forgive Me & I Forgive You. It’s a fun fall-themed book with an important lesson about forgiveness, the perfect follow-up to a day enjoying the fall weather! My children also look forward to Sunday night PB & J sandwiches after evening church service, and our reading of the Christmas story out of the Bible every Christmas morning. Plus, traditions are also about fun and making memories, right?
Our annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch always makes for great memories. We smile. We laugh. We roll around in the hay and have fun in the corn barrel. Then before we leave, each child picks out their own pumpkin to take home. Sometimes we carve them, sometimes we paint them, and at other times we use silly stickers to decorate them.