Put your stamp on the holidays, and celebrate with your own family traditions. You’ll create lasting memories and get a little health boost as well.
The holidays are not about the presents, the ribbons, the wrappings. The tags, the tinsel, the trimmings or the trappings. This special season is about much more than that. Family tradition is where it’s at.
The Health Benefits of Family Traditions
Did you know that celebrating with family tradition offers health benefits? Tradition is like built-in bonding time. Research has shown that traditions are statistically linked to family strength and family satisfaction. They provide stability. They keep generations connected.
Many traditions involve engaging with the past through storytelling and reminiscing. Memories and experiences are shared. New memories are created. And being part of the group endows children with a sense of belonging, which strengthens their emotional health.
Engaging in family ritual and tradition has even been linked to higher academic success among children. It lowers stress levels for all family members by providing routine and a sense of order. Children know what to expect, and they feel secure.
Starting a Family Tradition
Although many family rituals and traditions revolve around the holidays, any routine or set of behaviors that has meaning to you and says something about who you are as a family qualifies any time of the year — reunions, birthdays, family dinners, travel. Here are a few ideas to get you going:
- Start with what your family knows. If you like movies, for example, initiate a weekly family movie night
- A yearly hike at the end of winter is a great way to usher in warm weather
- Implement a weekly family dinner where the kids do it all — the menu, the cooking and the after-dinner activity
- Simple rituals like sharing the best parts of your week each Sunday can help you feel connected as a family
- Make a family tradition out of volunteering during the holidays
- Let your children help in establishing a bedtime ritual
- Hold a yearly family Olympics or talent show
Have fun, and enjoy a good dose of family togetherness. One last thought: Make post-h0liday checkups something you do every year. Contact Renown Health to find a physician.