Incorporate a Bit of Heritage Into Your Holiday
PROVO, Utah, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Regardless of whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or simply the arrival of the New Year, holiday atmospheres are great for creating new memories and building on old traditions. To make this season even more memorable, try incorporating a little bit of heritage into your holiday with the following suggestions from Andre Brummer, senior vice president of products at MyFamily.com, Inc.
"By investing holiday time and energy into sharing family information and creating new memories, both the old and new can be interwoven to form a tapestry of family lore and traditions," says Brummer, whose Web sites contain more than three billion records.
Brummer suggests these tips:
Time spent traveling to relatives' homes presents opportunities for building new memories. Not only can you enjoy the trip and the sights you see, but you can also recount stories about other trips made.
Enjoying the Decorations
Treasured ornaments, special family china and holiday serving pieces can also provide opportunities to share family history. A handmade ornament may be a family heirloom, but telling the story of its origin perpetuates its history from one generation to another.
Place a single photograph or family album in a prominent place for people to peruse. You will be surprised at the memories and conversations one photograph can evoke.
Pay attention to what's served at holiday meals. Ask for written recipes or a verbal ingredients list. Type them up, then compile them into your own family's own holiday cookbook.
Children adore stories. If you are a good storyteller, look for opportunities to draw the children aside to a quiet place where you can share a little family history in the form of a story.
End of the Day
If you are staying with relatives or have them at your place, the quiet time at the end of the day can be great for reminiscing. These times strengthen family relationships and reinforce the memories shared.
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