Customs help develop family unity by establishing a sense of belonging, especially for children. According to family psychologist John Rosemond in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, they also unite generations and reemphasize the spiritual side of celebrations.

Family traditions create these important bonds in a number of ways:They help children experience the world as a more stable place by providing a sense of continuity.

They provide children with a clearer sense of their membership in the family. As a child's contribution to family events grows larger, the youngster develops a greater sense of pride and bonding.

They convey a family's beliefs and values, teaching children the importance of such things as sharing, friendship, unconditional love and remembrance.

They can serve as rites of passage for children. By helping children cross the threshold of important transitions, traditions help reduce the anxiety children may feel when confronted with change.

They often connect the family's past and future by bringing generations together. As grown children come home for holidays, traditions also symbolize the renewal of family ties.