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Family Traditions

It is the most wonderful time of the year! I’m sure Andy Williams would certainly agree. The leaves have changed and the air is crisp; I can’t help but be in a great mood. What I’m most excited about is that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner.


Some of my fondest early memories were around this time of year with my family. My husband and I now get to make new traditions and memories with our two kids. What are some Thanksgiving traditions you could start with your own family? One common tradition is to sit with your family and talk about what you are thankful for. Pray WITH your family. Thank God in front of your children and show them, most importantly, to be thankful for Jesus and his love for us. During Thanksgiving, let your family and friends know that you love them, spend some quality time, play games, cook, eat an amazing feast and have fun!


Now on to Christmas; my personal favorite. I know… it can be so stressful with all the parties, making sure you have all your gifts in line, and let’s not forget about having to run to the store at the last minute for those forgotten items. I’ve been there! Try to slow down a bit, breathe and enjoy the moment. The true gift is the savior of the world being born, Jesus.


What are some family traditions that you have or could start for the Christmas season? You could take trips to look at Christmas lights. We like to start early and see the lights increase in number each night. We will also be going downtown to The One, Bright Lights Christmas tree. Decorate the Christmas tree as a family. It is so special seeing my kids hang the ornaments that they get to pick out every year. While you’re at it, have some cookies pre-made to decorate. Your kids will love creating their own! Christmas Eve is on a Sunday this year so bring your family to church and thank the Lord for sending his son, Jesus, the savior of the world, down to Earth to be born. One of my favorite traditions growing up was getting to open one present on Christmas Eve and it would always be new Christmas Pajamas. After getting cozy my dad would read us the Christmas Story (found in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2).


These are just some ideas that you may be able to use as the holidays approach and I pray God’s blessings over each of your families!


Katie Hamand


Practical Tip: Take time this holiday season to create or continue family traditions to help create lifelong memories.







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