Do you have any kinds of traditions with your family? Do you celebrate Christmas or Easter always in a family circle where all aunts, uncles, and grandparents are also there? In our family, most of my cousins, including me, are living abroad. Not many people are gathering together like it used to be 15 years ago. I believe that every family in this world should have something special they do together, even if it happens only once a year. For us, it is family trips!

Traditions are family rituals that happen over and over again.

Traditions shape a child’s personal identity

Traditions form good memories for kids

If you ask me about my childhood memories and our traditions I would say we had 3 of them.

1. When I was a small child every weekend me and my parents would go to visit my grandparents.

2. My every summer was at my grandmother’s house – driving a bike, eating pancakes and helping my grandma to go around the house.

3. Every bigger celebration such as Chiristmas or Easter all of us, grandparetns, auns, uncles and children were celebrating together. We would gather all the time in grandmonther’s home and have a fun time together.

Whenever I think of it, it makes me smile. Maybe it doesn’t look so fun at that point of time, but this is something which remains in your memories for lifetime. I still can tell you my favourite soup my grandmother was making, how my grandfater taught me to drive a bike and how we were always waiting for barbeques during some celebration in my granparents house!

Even small traditions help us to bond to those we love

There is a reason we intentionally maintain and create traditions – it’s because they bring meaning to our celebrations and help us bond. Treditions create a family spirit, nurture it and make us happier to be close to each other.

More importantly, traditions create positive memories for children. Children crave the warmth and promise that comes with traditions. They anchor family members to each other and provide a sense of belonging.

Traditions are must have in every family. They make us who we are, build our relationships and help to get us together. Never lost them, or if any of them is lost, create new ones! Such as we did – family trips together!