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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.
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
- continue to promote
- have couples who will be leading the class show or tell about one of their traditions during the announcements to help generate interest
- meet with speakers and see if they need anything
- if child care will need to be provided arrange for care providers - have people RSVP for child care so you know how many kids to expect
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
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.
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
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."
- each chapter talks about one of the seven ingredients for creating memories
- excellent encouragement to build memories
- each chapter provides memory building activities
- beautiful, colorful, realistic paintings illustrate book - excellent!
- "Cherished Moments" at the end of each chapter give you space to write memories from your childhood as well as journal ways you can develop memories for your own children
- "Patches . . . " ideas at the end of each chapter provide excellent ways you can help your children develop memories
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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