Holiday Resource Round-Up
The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Everyday by Meg Cox.
Senior Editor Donna DeSoto reviewed an earlier edition of this book; here is an excerpt from her review:
"Cox says there are ten good things rituals do for children. They impart a sense of identity, provide comfort and security, help to navigate change, teach values, pass on ethnic or religious heritage, teach practical skills, solve problems, keep alive a sense of departed family members, help heal from loss or trauma, and generate wonderful memories. [the following is a quote from the book] 'The special power of ritual is that it can slow time and heighten our senses, and by doing so, we can intensify and deepen our family ties. Learning simple ways to create unforgettable traditions is what this book is all about.'" Read the entire review: Creating Traditions by Donna DeSoto.
Our biggest challenges came when we were visiting Grandma and Grandpa for a few days. The children never wanted to leave the house, and during winter their grandparents didn’t go out much. During one winter visit, when Scott was ten and Michelle eight, we knew it would be better for everyone if we got them outside...
Read Heidi Brennan's Growing a Holiday Tradition -- books, books, books!
Janet Dittmer offers her insights in Getting Organized for Christmas:
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"We again could take a lesson from our children. When they see pretty lights, they soak in the beauty of those lights and think of nothing else. When they help bake cookies, they savor every taste and smell. When they help bring in the tree, they are ecstatic with delight in the difference it makes in the room."
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"During the regular months of the year, we often struggle to keep up with the various activities of home, church and community, sometimes feeling we are juggling more than we can possibly handle. Yet we expect ourselves to add on a host of new activities at holiday time..."
This book grew out of workshops the authors conducted for people who were feeling disappointed and stressed about the holidays. It offers a thorough look at assumptions many people have about the holiday season, a brief history of commercialism associated with the holidays, exercises to help you identify your own family’s true wishes, and inspiration for making changes.