When family traditions become 'uncool': Creating holiday traditions teens can be excited about

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  • nhsaint PETERBOROUGH, NH
    Nov. 27, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    When my children were young, we spent our holidays traveling to the large family gatherings held by my immediate family. Once the oldest got to the end of high school, we made some good changes. I asked them what they would like to do on the holidays, and they suggested that we have late-in-the- day open house celebrations that they could invite old friends to. What fun it was to see all the old friends show up and enjoy food and conversation!

    For each holiday, we would consult together about what we wanted to do for food, and we got together to fix it all. We had great fun planning 'Greek Thanksgiving' and 'Chinese Christmas'. That was our 'new' tradition, and one they all loved for about ten years, until the youngest graduated from college and they suddenly all had families. Now we have returned to the familiar traditional meals they remember from their childhood, so the grandchildren get that wholesome experience.

    Sometimes life calls for some alterations, and if we embrace them joyfully, they will fulfill us as much as the traditions we once loved.

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    Nov. 15, 2012 6:13 p.m.

    PAC12Fan: I would LOVE that recipe for bacon, egg and cheese biscuits for Christmas morning so that I can start that tradition with my family!

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    The old traditions are still the best. My family has always made bacon, egg and cheese biscuits every Christmas morning for years. My kids always make fun of the stuff my my wants to do but they always talk about them as fun memories.

  • Utah Native Farmington, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    The "central heating" theory sounds like an extension of Nathaniel Hawthorne's idea that the hearth is what brought families together to converse, and that the stove would be the demise of that family togetherness: "Domestic life—if it may still be termed domestic—will seek its separate corners, and never gather itself into groups." Google Nathaniel Hawthorne's “Fire-Worship.” Kind of has a point, though. The television is now what centrally gathers families, but with 3 or 4 TVs in the home, we still go to our separate corners.

  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    RE: Red Corvette --

    If you clicked on the embedded link to see the study by Sue Palmer (published 6 years ago, using empirical data she started compiling over 17 years ago, in the U.K.), you'll see that the comment about the advent of central heating was an anonymous, off-the-cuff comment by a random school teacher. It's not directly related to the parallel comment in this article about the "50 year" timeframe, although it feeds into and supports the premise as "... [one]among .. many conributing factors...".