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Family Traditions And Rituals – More Than Just Family Fun

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The fall is my favorite time of the year.  It’s not just the beautiful colors or the change of weather – it’s the family traditions that get me charged up.  It’s more than just fun, it’s part of the fabric of my family.  Let’s take a closer look at how your family traditions make your family stronger and healthier.

Family Rituals Keep People Going During Tough Times

College football, family birthdays, and marching bands are some of the core activities that define me and my family members.  Some of the band and football traditions go back a couple of generations.  I relish teaching my girls about the joys of halftime shows and the glory of the gridiron (in all kinds of weather).

Is this everyone’s cup of tea?  No, certainly not.  But  I wouldn’t feel like me without it. These are some of the things that pick me up emotionally without much effort.  It’s more than just my personal experience that matters, it’s the connection it fosters between me and people in my family who also understand these experiences.

Family traditions and rituals give people something to hang on to when life gets tough.  When they can do these things together through thick and thin, they develop resilience.  They learn that life goes on in spite of difficulty and enjoyment can still be had in the midst of challenges.  Everyone has something to look forward to.  The sense of belonging and shared understanding buoys everyone’s well being.

Family Traditions – Part Of Your Family Tapestry

Of course, family traditions and rituals need to be taught to younger generations.  As much enjoyment as you get from experiencing these activities yourself, it’s even more satisfying to teach young ones.  Your experience deepens because you get to reinforce what you value the most.  It’s a wonderful mutually beneficial process.

So whatever your family traditions – hunting, travel, sports, religious celebrations – celebrate them with a full heart.  That trip to the lake, to the football game, or to the annual winter festival isn’t just a personal indulgence.  It’s a thread being woven into your family tapestry.

What are your most important traditions? How have they helped your family feel close and stay resilient?

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Family Traditions And Rituals – More Than Just Family Fun

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP is a practicing licensed mental health counselor in Nebraska.

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Krull, E. (2010). Family Traditions And Rituals – More Than Just Family Fun. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 18, 2020, from


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