Do You Want to Strengthen Your Family’s Bonds?
Family traditions are one of the things that strengthen family ties or bond families together. A tradition is one thing that families can look forward to and enjoy together. They create wonderful memories, and are actually a great way to create future family togetherness and happiness within the family framework. Today there are many things which tend to divide families, but good traditions create warm bonds.
Regardless of the past, this is a new season for you and for your children. Give it some thought and prayer and see what you can begin doing this year to make your Thanksgiving a blessed one. Our traditions have changed through the years as is natural, but as grandparents, this is one that has been going on for nearly fifteen years. The grandkids wouldn’t miss it for anything. What do we do?
My husband Jeff, started many years ago is a grandkid sleep-over the night before Thanksgiving. Well, we have so many people for Thanksgiving; this year it is thirty-three and counting! And that is a lot of turkey and stuffing. So he and the grandkids chop celery, onions and all the fixings for lots of stuffing. I should say he supervises because the grandchildren have become very competent over the years. They get everything ready the night before and then after all is cleaned up, the snacks come out and games are played until bedtime. Jeff has always loved word games and games which encouraging thinking. So there are scrabble boards set up, chess, and more.
At bedtime, the furniture is pushed out of the way, and the girls all sleep downstairs, and the boys upstairs. It will be a while before everyone settles down. I, Grandma, often sleep with the girls, and I think: How neat is that! Early the next morning Jeff and the kids stuff the turkey, I mean turkeys plural, and finish pans of dressing. Next, they go out for breakfast, and then return for fun and more games. And that continues for the day—company comes, there is lots of good food, fellowship, and wholesome games for the day. Yes, the adults play games with the children all day long. I confess that my younger grandchildren can beat Grandma at the “memory” game!
Oh, yes, ladies, I am completely spoiled. I don’t do anything, except play games. My daughters all bring the sides, desserts, and good things to drink. At the end of the night, the grandkids clean the house and everything is back in place. This is an eagerly anticipated tradition for our family. Do you have one? If not, think about starting one. You will never be sorry.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!