SEASONAL IDEA - Family Traditions
 

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    I am sure we would all agree that families with traditions tend to be stronger and happier than those without them.  Keeping this in mind, consider holding a class on developing family traditions and recommend some of the following books as resources for this class.

GOAL

  • hold a family traditions class to help develop stronger families

  • THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE CLASS BEGINS

  • decide on the date for the class
  • decide who will lead class
  • consider inviting two or three couples in your church to lead who you know have strong traditions in place in their own families
  • begin to promote and have people sign up for the class

  • TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE CLASS BEGINS


    ONE MONTH BEFORE THE CLASS BEGINS

  • continue to promote
  • continue to accept additions to the class list
  • decide on the room to hold the class in

  • ONE WEEK BEFORE THE CLASS BEGINS

  • finalize arrangements for childcare, refreshments and space

  • DAY OF THE CLASS

  • set up each area
  • welcome speakers and those attending
  • enjoy

  • DAY AFTER THE CLASS

  • send thank-you's to the class speakers

  • * Have each couple leading a class teach about how to develop traditions for a specific holiday and allow people attending to rotate from area to area.



     
     
    15 Minute Family Traditions and Memories
    Author - Emilie Barnes
    Publisher - Harvest House
     
        Memories and family traditions are like glue - they help hold families together and make it easier to build strong relationships.  This book is an excellent tool for families to use to develop their own sense of who they are by crafting their own traditions.

        favorite features:

  • lovely introduction encourages you to build memories and traditions for your family
  • first chapter gives some memory builder ideas
  • first chapter gives 31 ideas for new family traditions
  • chapter two is filled with ideas to help with birthdays
  • chapter three has ideas and recipes for Valentines Day
  • chapter four provides ideas and recipes for Easter
  • chapter five covers mother's day
  • chapter six covers father's day
  • chapter seven has ideas, games and recipes for Independence Day
  • chapter eight had ideas and recipes for Thanksgiving Day
  • chapter nine has ideas and recipes for Hanukkah
  • chapter ten is filled with ideas and recipes for Christmas
  • each chapter begins with information as to the origin of that particular holiday or celebration

  •     This book provides an abundance of helpful and encouraging information to help people begin to continue to develop family traditions.  Very nicely done Emilie and Harvest House Publishers!



     
     
     
     
    Giving Love a Memory - Creating Traditions Your Family Will Cherish
    Authors - Ruthann Winans & Linda Lee
    Illustrations - S. Thomas Sierak
    Publisher - Harvest House Publishers
     
        This book is a fabulous tool to help families create traditions upon which many memories are built.  An important part of building strong families is developing memories as the authors say - "Wonderful memories and warm traditions tie us together with those we love."

        favorite features:


        Our lives are so busy - we just speed through and before we know it our kids are grown - it goes so fast.  We need to slow down and take time to create memories to build traditions on for an anchor not only for our own family, but for our children to pass on to their children as well because as we do we will find that we are also passing on a legacy of faith as well!  I highly recommend this resource for all families as it will serve to help strengthen families.  Extremely well done Ruthann, Linda, Thomas and Harvest House Publishers!
     


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