David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer

As I sit down to write this post, I am listening to a Boston Pops Orchestra Christmas album. This season of the year is filled with so many sights and sounds. Carols, orchestrations, and silly songs that have been handed down through the years are the soundtrack to many of my holiday memories. Each Christmas, our church sets aside a weekend for caroling. As a young teenager, this involved caroling Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon. By Sunday evening, none of us had a voice left. It was amazing. Like the songs themselves, caroling was a tradition that created memories.

Family traditions help bring meaning to events and celebrations. They can create positive experiences which become memories that bind families together. Traditions help families understand who they are and where they came from. It makes people feel like they are part of something unique and helps foster healthy self-esteem. According to a July article by Very Well Family, family traditions can benefit children in the following ways:

  1. Make memories for families that last a lifetime
  2. Provide children a sense of security by providing continuity
  3. Give family members a strong sense of belonging
  4. Help pass on family values, including cultural and religious heritage
  5. Keep generations connected and give them a family history to share

With only a few days until Christmas, what types of traditions will you keep with your loved ones? What kinds of memories will you help create? If you would like to hear what traditions and memories Marisa and I have in our respective families, please join us for Episode 236 of The Next Page podcast.

I wish you and yours a very Blessed Christmas, a Happy Holiday Season, and a Prosperous New Year.

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