They can be seen just about everywhere: family traditions. We see them depicted in movies and televisions, and we read about them in books. We all know those wonderfully touching scenes of the joyous family gathered around the dining table sharing and making new holiday memories.
Perhaps you are just starting out as a new family. When entering into a new partnership or marriage, both people usually bring a long many long-held family traditions. In addition, both people using think that those traditions will continue on, because they think, and correctly so, that these traditions are worth sharing and continuing.
There are ways that you can start new traditions, so here are a few ideas for creating some new family traditions.
Talking about the traditions that each of your families engaged in. Find out what each of you really liked about the tradition, as well as what you didn’t like.
Discuss ideas about traditions and happenings that you would have liked to include in your family, but for whatever reason, they were just never included. While it may be a little painful in some cases, open up and share.
Make sure you listen to each other. Be sure that both of you are paying attention to each other. This is the time when the idea of new traditions may actually come to fruition. Discuss any concerns that you may have with these ideas completely and thoroughly.
Finally, you may discover traditions that both of you no longer feel need to be followed and can be filled with your new family’s new traditions.