The anticipation of gifts is so exciting for kids, it can easily overshadow other special family holiday traditions. So last night, my family talked about what else we really enjoy about the holidays.
This discussion shed light on other meaningful family holiday traditions that we have grown to cherish. Here are just a few comments that were shared around our table.
Family Traditions: What Do You Enjoy Most About the Holidays?
- I love getting out the holiday boxes and decorating our house
- I enjoy seeing all the lights around town
- I’ve noticed that everybody’s in a good mood
- I like the increased focus on giving
- Opening our advent calendar each morning
- I love all the extra family time and guests
Another Special Holiday Tradition
One thing I especially love about the holiday season is that the world slows down. Many businesses close, school’s out, people gather and simply focus on being together.
I wish you and your family a holiday filled with peace and connection…and time to cherish what’s important to you.
Ground Rules to Support Family Dinner Connection and Conversations
- Make the dinner table a safe space. Practice respectful listening. Do not make fun or embarrass anyone about what they share. (This rule has grown into a house rule too.)
- Turn off and put away devices. Make the dinner table a no phone, tablet, or TV zone.
- Make the conversations fun, especially as you get started. (Later, families may delve into more serious topics and discussions.)
- Choosing not to respond is okay. Allow family members just to listen if they prefer not to share.
- To start, introduce just one topic at each dinner. From there, decide what works best for your family.
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