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Family Traditions

Since we are nearing the holiday season, I would like to recommend a book written by Noel Piper, Treasuring God in Our Traditions.  Noel offers parents a way to practically incorporate scripture, activities, recipes and more into each holiday season, while sharing a glimpse into the Piper home.   The book provides great ideas, but more than that, it inspires creating your own family traditions.  “May God give us eyes to see him, hearts to love him, and a passion to show him to our children.” N. Piper

One tradition in my family, for as long as I can remember, has been a steak dinner on Christmas day.  That’s a tradition no one wants to break!

Chris and I are constantly “trying traditions” (if that is possible) to see what will “take” with our kids.  Some center around holidays.  Some not.  Right now, we have breakfast on Sunday nights.  Our kids will not let it die.  They love it!  During Christmas break, we have an “Acuff Dance Party.”  We all get dressed up and dance.  (We may or may not post pictures).  On birthdays, we take turns telling the “birthday boy/girl” what we love about them.  Everyone in the family participates and shares a list of things.  Then, we pray over their year.

We are all looking for new ideas!  Please share your family traditions.  They can be Everyday traditions or Holiday traditions, but we need to be inspired.

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  1. Tara Lewis #

    A tradition that we have begun in our family is using the Advent wreath/candles at Christmastime. Each Sunday night of Advent, we gather around the wreath and light the advent candle for that week and read the scriptures that go along with it. (You can find Advent candle meanings and verses online). We pray together and sing a few Christmas songs, too. The Chrismas season can get so hectic, and usually involves parties and gathings with extended family. I love this special Sunday night tradition that involves just the 4 of us. It’s an intimate time that brings our focus back to Christ, because we can so easily be distracted by the busyness of the season.

    October 7, 2011
    • Thanks, Tara, for the idea. I’ll see if I can find a link to post for Advent candle with meaning and verses.

      October 7, 2011
  2. Katie #

    We have several traditions at Christmas… The first new PJ’s!! It’s just something we’ve always done. About 4 years ago we started having a birthday party for Jesus on Christmas morning. Before breakfast and the opening of the presents, we read the Christmas story and we light candles on a cake we made the day before and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. It focuses our attention back on Christ and why we have Christmas. Jim and I also have started buying 3 gifts as well. The wisemen who later visited Jesus,brought 3 gifts and so we’ve tried to do the same. It also requires more thought out of the kids so they just aren’t asking for everything they see.

    October 9, 2011
    • Thanks, Katie, for your input. I love your intentionality with Christmas.

      October 9, 2011

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