Few times of the year are as steeped in tradition as the December holiday season. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or nothing at all, the traditions you practice as a family any time of the year strengthen your family’s sense of identity and contribute to a greater feeling of belonging. Traditions ground us; They remind us ‘this is who we are as a family.’ Plus they set a time and space away from the hubbub of everyday life—which is something we all can benefit from.
Here Dr. Anne Fishel offers some tips for creating new traditions:
Upside Down and Backwards.
Start a breakfast or dinner tradition around the theme of upside down and backwards! Maybe it’s once a month—or once a year—but pull out all the stops. Have breakfast for dinner: Dress in your favorite pajamas and eat pancakes, cereal or eggs. Invite friends, or the stuffed animals. Or try dinner for breakfast! Cold pizza anyone? Or if you’re feeling really crazy, an occasional dessert-before dinner-evening (say an ice cream appetizer?) never hurt anyone. You can also think of other activities that might go along with an upside-down tradition, like reading bedtime stories at breakfast or having dinner in bed. It’s your family’s tradition, so get as kooky as you want!
Our conversation starters this month focus on the theme of tradition. For younger kids, be sure to give specific examples of traditions to help guide the discussion.
Ages 14 -100
Have a safe, happy and connected holiday season. If you start any new traditions, please let us know on our Facebook page!