The Importance Of Family Traditions
Start writing a post

The Importance Of Family Traditions

Traditions add meaning to our celebrations, and help bind us to those we love.

The Importance Of Family Traditions

Most families have holiday traditions, regardless of what holiday you are celebrating.

Even when we grow up and form our own families, we naturally merge our new traditions with some of the old.

It seems that traditions, new or old have a strong place in our hearts.

Traditions become an essential aspect of how we celebrate, and there is a reason why we keep them as a part of our lives for so long.

Simply put, we hold onto traditions because they add meaning to our celebrations, and help bind us to those we love.

Last weekend, I was watching Christmas Vacation (one of my pleasures during the holiday season) and I started thinking about why this movie was so funny.

A seemingly normal family has all the warm and fuzzy holiday traditions and dreams of the perfect family Christmas. Of course, until everything goes wrong.

The traditional events end in disaster, the tree catches fire, the turkey is dry (which is an understatement), the uninvited dog wrecks the house chasing the squirrel that got in the house, and the crazy cousin kidnaps the stingy boss.

After all this, the family still finds meaning and joy in the season. The tradition that survives is that they always spend the holidays with family, and this bonds them despite all the chaos.

Holiday traditions are essentially ritualistic behaviors that nurture us and our relationships.

They are primal parts of us, which have survived since the dawn of man.

Traditional celebrations of holidays have been around as long as recorded history.

Holiday traditions are an important part of building a strong bond between family, and our community.

They give us a sense of belonging and a way to express what is important to us.

They connect us to our history and help us celebrate generations of family.

They keep the memories of the past alive and help us share them with newer generations.

Although holiday traditions are usually the first thing people think of when you mention traditions, they are not the only ones families have.

Whether it’s throwing tinsel on the Christmas tree, watching the Thanksgiving Day parade while the turkey cooks, building sand castles every summer or regularly having family movie night they are a family ritual that brings children and parents closer.

These moments create positive memories for children and provide positive events for everyone to anticipate!

If you want a little science, children literally crave the comfort and security that comes with traditions and predictability.

This takes away the anxiety of the unknown and unpredictable.

Traditions are a wonderful way to anchor family members to each other, providing a sense of unity and belonging.

I am a huge fan of traditions year round but especially around the holidays. They're so important to keep your family close.

Thanksgiving traditions always involve the first indulgence of egg nog that will continue through to New Years, and we always make green bean casserole.

During Christmas, I have carried on a favorite tradition with my own family where we decorate the tree on Christmas eve. Santa fills them with candy so that on Christmas there are sweets to snack on throughout the day.

Not every family is lucky enough to have traditions, but that’s okay.

That just gives you the freedom to start creating your own!

With the holidays just passing, it is the perfect excuse to start trying new things!

New year, new traditions. It can really be anything you think is fun.

Once you get started making traditions, whether they be during the holidays or not, you can start branching out to make new traditions throughout the year.

Start a pizza night, a movie night, or even board game night. Make birthdays a special time for the celebrant to pick the cake and their favorite dinner.

If these things aren’t what you had in mind, traditions can be the annual family vacation where you spend time together every year.

If there is a simple take away message here, it’s that traditions nurture our spirit and are an important part of family bonding.

They can be anything fun, you and your family, already enjoy doing, or you can have fun starting your own.

Don’t get caught up in instituting the perfect family tradition, it’s not about being perfect it’s about the experience you share with your family.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Panic! At The Disco Announces Breakup After 19 Years

Band Makes Breakup Announcement Official: 'Will Be No More'

panic at the disco

It's the end of an era. Originally formed in 2004 by friends in Las Vegas, Panic! At The Disco is no more.

Brendon Urie announced on Instagram that the band will be coming to an end after the upcoming Europe tour. He said that he and his wife are expecting a baby, and the life change weighed heavily in his mind to come to this decision. "Sometimes a journey must end for a new one to begin," he said.

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Odyssey's response writer community is growing- read what our new writers have to say!


Each week, more response writers are joining the Odyssey community. We're excited to spotlight their voices on as they engage in constructive dialogue with our community. Here are the top three response articles of last week:

Keep Reading... Show less

To Mom

There are days when you just need your mom

To Mom

There really is no way to prepare yourself for the loss of someone. Imagine that someone being the one who carried you for 9th months in their belly, taught you how to walk, fought with you about little things that only a mother and daughter relationship could understand. You can have a countless number of father figures in your life, but really as my mom always said, " you only get one mom."

Keep Reading... Show less

The Way People In Society are Dating is Why I Don't Date

I need someone to show that they want me for me, not that they're using me to chase the idea of being in a relationship.

The Way People In Society are Dating is Why I Don't Date

You hear your phone go off. He's asking you to hang out. Then, of course, you get the advice of your friends to decipher this text. Is it just hanging out or is it more than hanging out? You've probably done this at least once in your life or at least seen a tweet where someone posted their screenshots with a potential love interest.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

Winter Break As Told By 'Friends'

Is a month at home too much to handle?


If you're anything like me, winter break is a much-needed light at the end of the tunnel after a long, stressful semester. Working hard for 15 weeks can really take a toll on a person mentally, physically AND emotionally. It's a nice change of pace to be back at home with your family and friends, but after a couple weeks, it can get, well... boring.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments