Category: holidays

Creating Family Traditions: Teny Gross shares his ideas

Creating Family Traditions: Teny Gross shares his ideas

[ 0 ] December 29, 2011 |

alternatives to participating in traditional holidays and commercialism:

• Set limits and establish a sense of proportion. Holidays always evolve, and are a mix of traditions (Christian holidays for example are a mix with Roman traditions). Our kids write letters to Santa and know that they will get 1 gift from Santa only and a few from us. (Luckily for the kids, their grandmothers do not always comply.)
• We get our Christmas tree on the weekend of our anniversary to share this special time with the kids. We buy the tree that we think no one else will pick. We choose the one that is crooked or homely so it has a home for the holiday.
• We do not give presents for Channuka. We celebrate the Jewish traditions in a noncommercial way.

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Creating Family Traditions: Wendy Lawton’s Top 10 List

Creating Family Traditions: Wendy Lawton’s Top 10 List

[ 1 ] December 28, 2011 |

traditions: tips / resources

Search your soul, your heart, and your memory bank for what is cherished. What values, ideas, and moments are most important to you? Make a list. Build traditions around the top of that list.
Traditions should be unique to you. Lather, rinse and repeat Step One.
Involve your family. What traditions do they want to continue, tweak, add? ‘Cause they’re, um, on this train, too.

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Creating Family Traditions: A few of my favorites

Creating Family Traditions: A few of my favorites

[ 0 ] December 27, 2011 |

We celebrate, discuss and honor many religions and cultural celebrations in our home. We decorate a Christmas tree, light Hanukkah candles, attend a Seder annually at a friend’s home, and when my father fasted for Ramadan, we made a paper chain to symbolize how many days were left in his fast. Our kids are growing up knowing that people have different beliefs, religions, and traditions.

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Creating Family Traditions: Sarika Parikh’s ideas and resources

Creating Family Traditions: Sarika Parikh’s ideas and resources

[ 0 ] December 23, 2011 |

2. Create opportunities to share stories/experiences from previous generations.

Share your favorite childhood tradition with your children. “Interview” an older relative with your child to hear his or her version of favorite traditions and celebrations.

Go to a local senior center and “befriend” a grandparent or develop a relationship with a local neighbor and hear about their traditions.

Create a family recipe book and encourage others from different generations to contribute. Have them share stories about why they want this recipe included in the book. Include a picture. Then distribute as gifts from your family to the relatives.

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Creating Family Tradtions: Beth Curtin’s tips + resources

Creating Family Tradtions: Beth Curtin’s tips + resources

[ 0 ] December 22, 2011 |

recipe: Christmas Roll Cookies
2 cups flour
1/4 t. salt
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 325. Combine flour and salt with a wire whisk. Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed…

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Creating Family Traditions

Creating Family Traditions

[ 0 ] December 21, 2011 |

Last year, I hosted a conversation on TRADITIONS. So what makes a tradition and how do we as parents choose what to pass on and to preserve? What have we inherited, adapted, valued or created that is meaningful or relevant to our family?

Our religion or birthplace may dictate some of the traditions we celebrate and pass on. But as we make our journey into adulthood we are often influenced by our community and life experiences. Sharing households with other individuals and raising children provides an opportunity for reflection, contemplation and decision about how we blend, preserve, change or create traditions.

To continue this conversation, I am sharing excerpts from the 2010 Traditions book. Enjoy these daily updates during the holidays of favorite traditions from our panel and readers while I take some time off. I hope you find these ideas as inspiring as I do.

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Bright Night 2012 Promises to be Magical

Bright Night 2012 Promises to be Magical

[ 0 ] December 21, 2011 |

Tickets to Bright Night are available online and in person at all BankRI locations and at the EastSide Marketplace.

For more information about tickets call 401-288-1231, or visit http://www.brightnight.org. To purchase tickets via telephone call the Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 ticket hotline: 1-800-838-3006

Tickets are $15 each through December 30. On the day of the event tickets are $20 each ($15 for children and seniors)

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence Collecting Toys for the 2011 Holidays

Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence Collecting Toys for the 2011 Holidays

[ 0 ] December 10, 2011 |

With the December holidays right around the corner, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence have announced an effort to collect toys for underprivileged children. Many Rhode Island families, particularly those hit hard by the recession, are struggling to make ends meet and may be challenged to provide gifts for their children. In response, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence are asking the community to help make the holidays brighter for children in-need.

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Holiday Greetings!

Holiday Greetings!

[ 13 ] December 9, 2011 |

“Oh yeah. This is going to make our friends jealous,” our friend laughs, checking out his family’s Christmas card.

“It’s a competition,” his wife adds. “Who has the cutest kids? Who took the best vacation? It’s not a Christmas card. It’s a competition.”

We’re among friends. The wine is flowing. The holiday card competition conversation is all in good fun, and yet in the days that follow I find myself reflecting on the increasingly extravagant cards we display in our house each year.

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Easy Gingerbread Houses for Overworked Mothers

Easy Gingerbread Houses for Overworked Mothers

[ 0 ] December 8, 2011 |

Creating a gingerbread village has become an annual tradition in my family. Even though I love to make the houses for it with my kids, I am a better crafter than a baker. And since I have not mastered the art of creating an edible gingerbread house, I have hacked together gingerbread houses that look pretty good in the end and are fun for the kids to assemble.

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