The Importance Of Traditions
We live in a time and place in history that makes living a routine lifestyle extremely difficult. Yet research reveals that one of the most important ways parents can build faith and values into their children is through traditions and rituals (routines of meaning). It’s clear that the values behind night-time reading and prayers, shared meals, and service to others, sink in best when these activities are sincerely offered, and become routines.
So, when families can make a priority of carving out the time to weave these rituals and traditions into the fabric of their lives, the children grow up embracing the family’s values.
The Christmas season provides a great opportunity to create meaningful family traditions.
We know many parents who establish Christmas rituals by which their children can grow to understand and embrace the meaning and value of Christmas. These parents make plans with their children to serve meals to homeless folks, go caroling, ring the Salvation army bell, or set aside special times to read the Christmas story or Christmas devotionals. We just read a great story (about Jim’s sister’s family!) of how one family makes special treats to give away throughout the season (Read Article Here)
The possibilities to establish such traditions are endless. It takes initiative and commitment to make it happen. What tradition will you will pass on this Christmas?