How to Keep and Start Holiday Family Traditions

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

Remember those days of walking into the kitchen and seeing your parents and grandparents cooking up a storm. All those glorious smells floating in the air, the endless hours in the kitchen, the way you would attempt to help by setting the table or putting the icing on the cake? Those colossal meals your grandparents used to cook now seem hard to create with busy schedules and hectic lifestyles, but there is a whole lot of hope in keeping holiday traditions going. Here are a few tips on how to keep your family traditions alive or even start some new ones of your own.

First things first- go to your parents, grandparents or wherever you dine for a holiday party and take notes, photographs and write down recipes of each dish you can't live without. By getting all of your favorite family recipes together and creating a recipe book certainly is the perfect way to keep the tradition going, and an even better way to create a perfect holiday gift for your loved ones. If you have ever thought of beautifully crafting a recipe book, now is the time to do so. One of the best websites that simply guides you through the book making process is Step by step you can add photos, recipes and your favorite memory about each dish you are capturing in print. This truly is one of the very best ways to keep the family cooking traditions going.

If you're one who likes to expand on your family traditions and are now at that time in your life when making your own traditions is in the now, then just remember one thing: your children's children will want to know all of your traditions one of these days. When creating your own traditions simply find a way to get the whole family involved. It's always so much more fun when the whole family partakes in a tradition, so instead of just you slaving over a hot stove for the day, call over your cousins, siblings and children to perfectly craft a perfect meal.

Create a little list of new and old traditions with the whole family to set them in stone. You may think it's impossible to start up new traditions, but in 'real life' any quirky event that happens over and over is certainly classified as a new tradition. So whether it's singing in unison while cooking or getting your favorite hilarious uncle to do the toast, take note of the details and write them down.

And of course to add a little spike in the family traditions list and cookbook, check out new recipes that can help spice up your traditional ones or entirely new ones that can become a staple family recipe in the future.  How about a new holiday dessert or cocktail that you can call your own?

It's the little things in life that matter most, and creating or keeping old traditions are those little things that can make holidays special. After all, family traditions are what makes you and your family who you are today. So go on, get out there and start or keep your own family traditions today.

What are some of your favorite family traditions? 

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Melaina is from a small town in Ontario, Canada and as an avid environmentalist with a passion for focusing on healthy living. Having traveled the world and written about it every step of the way, she one day hopes to develop unique environmental educational programs for kids. 

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