Posts Tagged ‘traditions’

02/04/10
Amy
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(Family Activities) Treasure Box


Our lives are made up of happenings, big and small. Event the smallest events can be significant and defining.

Many events have some sort of token associated with them: bulletins, newspaper clippings, ticket stubs, pictures, keys, a lock of baby’s hair, a hospital band, or a small piece of brick from the new house you built. These small tokens can hold big memories.

Designate a special box to hold these little treasures from the life of your family. At the end of the year, make it a special family event to go through your little Treasure Box and relive some of the defining moments of your year. What events were significant to your family? Where were your happiest memories? What tokens do you hope to be adding next year?

There is magic in the Treasure Box. It can turn simple tokens into priceless treasures.

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Tip – At the end of the year, transfer your year’s treasures into a year-labeled box (see box system) and repeat.

12/18/09
Amy
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(Living Love) Childhood Traditions


Traditions are important to a child and the warmth of those memories carries far into adulthood. A sound, a taste, a smell…it can take us back in an instant.

Ask your spouse what some of their favorite holiday traditions were as a child. What are the details of that tradition that made it so memorable? Then find a way to work at least one of those treasured traditions into your own family’s holiday activities. It is a unique gift that you can give to both your spouse and your children. The best traditions are those with a story behind them, because it makes us all realize that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Creating new family traditions is an adventure. Carrying on old traditions is enrichment.

10/19/09
Amy

(Family Activities) Pumpkin Patch


pumpkinsOutings to the local pumpkin patch are classic, classic, classic.

Bundle up your family and make an event of it. If you can, pick a pumpkin patch on a farm where they have other family-friendly events such as corn field mazes, hayrides, and animals. Make a day of it!

Then, pick out the perfect pumpkins and bring them home to carve or cook. As your day draws to a close, cozy up with your little family and pour the hot chocolate.

These are the things that traditions are made of.

10/12/09
Amy

(Family Activities) Fall Traditions


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Have you found that memories come alive when the seasons change? Memories of events that happened during one of those first warm days of spring or during the first fall cold snap are brought to life by those weather changes in subsequent years.

This can make it a fun time of year to establish a family tradition. It gives the whole family something to look forward to and makes lasting memories that the kids will remember 20 years from now when they feel that first crisp, fall air. Take a family hike, work together to make applesauce or a special type of baked good, light the first fire in the fireplace and cozy up to have a traditional game night. Just remember, doing something that is special to your family and presenting it as an anticipated and exciting event is more important than coming up with an elaborate event.

What will your fall tradition be?

08/28/09
Amy

(Family Activities) Eating-out Tradition


This idea doubles as both family activity and a money-saving tip!

We have all heard the age-old advice to not shop when you are hungry. Have you ever thought about applying that money-saving concept to eating out?

Try being intentional about eating out. Pick a night of the week, say Tuesday night, and make it a family tradition to eat out. It will be a weekly event that the whole family will talk about and look forward to. An added bonus to this strategy is that eating out then becomes more of a special and looked-forward to event, rather than something that is done by default. Potential low-grade guilt for not cooking can be put aside and you might be surprised to find renewed energy to cook on the other nights, knowing that you have that night off to look forward to.

Planning to eat-out additionally provides the opportunity to look for coupons or “kids-eat-free” nights and locations.

Tip: If your schedule or lifestyle doesn’t lend itself to eating out on the same night every week, you can achieve a similar result by planning the meals to be eaten out at the beginning of the week. Reference your activities calendar when making this plan to account for nights where the break would fit most logically.

For these reasons and more, you will find that you end up spending less on eating out while simultaneously creating a family tradition that everybody will look forward to.