The holidays are a great time to create some new family traditions (if you don’t have any) or to celebrate with some long-held customs. This week is especially well timed, since you don’t have the the distraction of the television to keep you from deepening the family bonds.
There’s some really good research out there about the benefits of family traditions — including strengthening parent-child relationships, decreasing rebellion, greater ability to resist peer pressure, and a whole lot more. Of course, family traditions are supposed to be fun too!
Here’s some of my favorite ideas:
- Celebration of New Life: Visit a pet store or go for a walk and hunt for new life. Record your findings on paper, with a camera, or even video. After the journey, break out some traditional Easter treats (candy eggs, bunnies, etc). Discuss 2 Corinthians 5:17 with the kids (from the book Family Traditions)
- Grab a couple ideas from My Sweetheart Moments Blog. There’s a picture of a really cute hand craft, especially for the little ones.
- Art Museums: The Passion of Christ is the most-portrayed subject of Western artists. If you live in a metropolitan area, a visit to your local art museum may give your family much to ponder (from Mommy Life Blog)
- Foot Washing: This Maundy Thursday event speaks volumes about Jesus’s desire for us to serve. Read John 13. Wrap a towel around your waist, as Jesus did, and wash your children’s feet. Your lives might never be the same (from Mommy Life Blog).
- Check out the section on this blog called “Make it Real for Little Ones” for a great craft project for the younger crew.
- Now’s a great time to start Family Devotions. Need an Easter devotional? Check out this one on Ministry to Children Blog. While you’re on the site, be sure to browse around for some great Easter video clips and suggested picture books.
- Of course, we can’t forget about Egg Decorating. Eggs are a symbol of new life and if you blow out eggs, it can remind you of the empty tomb. For some great egg coloring ideas, check out this post.
Here’s some Earth Day traditions you might want to think about: