Let's Talk About Family Traditions So I Can Adopt Some of Your Great Ideas

 My mom was in town to help pick and trim our Christmas tree.

My mom was in town to help pick and trim our Christmas tree.

Let’s talk about family traditions. I am curious to know about yours and how many you do throughout the year. As for our family’s traditions, there’s nothing really unique about them as they’re shared with other families too. For instance, we have a tradition at Christmas time to buy one new ornament every year that’s different from the basic balls we have and have our tree trimming party. As I write this, I realize that’s about the ONLY tradition we have and I want to have more. I really want to keep our family unit TIGHT and bonding even when they’re not so tiny and are grown.

So I’ve asked some of my entrepreneurial colleagues, busy moms with growing families and businesses, who figured this shit out and are doing some awesome activities together with their families. Here are a couple of my favorites ideas that we can implement easily:

 My dudette is making a vegetarian pizza.

My dudette is making a vegetarian pizza.

Cynthia Ayres is the owner of Mom’s Bread Bites. I put her to the top of the list of ideas because hers resonates so well with my goals for transitioning my family into a vegan lifestyle. She said “My children are six, almost two, and almost born (teehee). I'd like to be able to have each child help me with a meal every week. The six-year-old is pretty helpful right now and loves helping.” My youngest dudette loves to help me in the kitchen too. I’m going to work on getting everyone to come together at least once a week and cook a vegan dinner together.

Helen Deasy is the illustrator and writer for LitSteps. She said “My family takes hikes with our dog at midnight on New Year's Eve. We leave a puzzle out when we have guests coming so we can all sit around and just chat. We prepare the same foods on holidays.” This is an activity I think can be done at anytime of year. For my family, hiking together and bonding through conversation would fit well during the summer. July especially since it is a huge celebration month for us - my wedding anniversary, my birthday, and all of my children’s birthdays. This cozy and intimate tradition can bring us together now and in the future as our families grow. I love it!

 Our attempt at hiking that one time didn't go so well haha. We'll try again and get our shit together next time.

Our attempt at hiking that one time didn't go so well haha. We'll try again and get our shit together next time.

As you can see, I want to enjoy something more with my circus of monkeys than the conventional holiday tradition. What I feel will work for my family are those that are thematic around the four seasons, especially the summer and winter months. Bonus points for activities that don’t involve spending too much money, encourages us to be active, and allows us to unplug from technology.

What say you? Do you have any original traditions we can steal from you? I’d love to read about them and see how it may fit for our family. Tell me about them in the comments below, shoot me an email, or connect with me on social media. If you’re in my service area, let’s talk about capturing your family traditions in pictures! Hell, if you’re not in my service area let’s talk about it because I do love to travel. (Click here to book me)

Smiles,

sherrie LANELL (Click here to learn more about me)