2 Thessalonians :15
"So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter."
What memories hold so dear to us other than cherished family traditions? These figments loll our brain to tranquility especially when life's perils open the flood gates and challenge our level of reasoning. We find comfort in these memories especially during the holidays - a special meal that was cooked, gifts that were bestowed, or simply seeing family members we've lost touch with the rest of the year. Or, maybe it was something simple such as the once ultimate Saturday morning breakfast, or the ride to church on Sunday morning.
The importance is not what is done, but rather that it is consistently done that weaves a memory. These tapestries make fine memory quilts that we can bundle ourselves in on those cold winter days when life seems to offer little reprieve. We find relief when remembering these customs and; therefore, want to share the same warm feelings with those we love. By building these bridges that link the past and the present, we are giving our children an undisputed armor for life.
What traditions are you weaving for those you love? Is there a special dinner night shared among all family members? Do you go out to dinner to celebrate your child's birthday? Is there a family game night? Or, a special date night with your partner you love? Do you offer a weekend BBQ where all family members get to pitch in and cook? If you're uncertain where to start, try Creating Family Traditions by Gloria Gaither, or The Book of New Family Traditions by Meg Cox.
Thessalonians speaks of the importance of such rituals. They are simply life's blessings taught to us by those we love. The verse stresses the importance of following and keeping these traditions to help weather the storms ahead. Make your own family traditions today. If you lack a family now, make traditions with friends.
Allow these memories to live beyond your years with those you love. Allow your loved ones to share these experiences with those they will soon grow to love.
1. Traditions are nonspecific. Simple goals you do consistently to reinforce those you love. Grab one of these ideas and make it your own:
Create the birthday boy or girl’s favorite type of cake.
When someone in your family gets a new job, a promotion, or a raise, create a
tradition that they take you out for dinner.
Bake Christmas cookies together.
Plan a special Halloween meal.
Make a New Year’s fondue.
Choose a morning on the weekend to spend in bed with your family. You don’t need
to spend hours laying around, but 15 to 30 minutes is a nice length of time.
Try a weekend Potluck. This is a great way for extended family members to
showcase their culinary talents.
Kick off summer with a BBQ.
Friday night family and games night.
Go camping at LEAST once a year!
Make a summer family road trip together.
Watch movies cuddled up on the couch together Saturday nights.
On Sundays, pack a picnic and go explore new places or play at local parks, rivers or
Do a theme park holiday once a year on a specific date.
Say prayers together each night.
Say prayers at the dinner table.
Go out to breakfast one designated day a month.
Everyone cooks one recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. Then all relish each individual chief's talents.
Start a collection together. It could be stamps, coins, shells.
Build a project together. Some of the best ideas are cubby houses, rabbit
hutches, model boats or airplanes etc.