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    What family traditions do you have?
    Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP posted:
    When people are asked what their favorite childhood memories are, many of those memories have to do with holiday traditions. Family traditions can strengthen family ties. Maintaining these traditions and rituals can also enhance a child's sense of family, security, values, and emotional well-being.

    My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Around 100 members of my family (Yes, 100!) gather each year to celebrate, sing songs, play football, and eat. I have fond memories of this amazing day from as far back as I can remember. I love that my boys are already looking forward to seeing their cousins, grandparents, and great-grandparents, who travel from near and far for our Thanksgiving Day extravaganza.

    Families today are busier than ever. Often there are in-laws and extended family members to visit on the holidays, as well. So how have we preserved our family tradition throughout the years? Organization and dedication have been key. Start planning early. Figure out the venue and the menu. Plan activities to make the day extra special. If your family is as large as mine, have relatives sign-up for different responsibilities as far in advance as possible. My relatives sign up months in advance for turkey, vegetables, desserts, and anything else they want to prepare for holiday feasting. We also have set-up, clean-up, and kitchen committees. It's not easy. But it's well worth it to share this wonderful family tradition with our children and our children's children.

    What holiday traditions are important to your family? How do you plan to preserve these special traditions for years to come?

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