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Ask the readers: Your favorite family traditions?

Every Tuesday is Finance & Family Day at Zen Habits.

When you look back on your childhood, some of the best memories are almost undoubtedly of traditions your family had. It is these traditions that bring a sense of familiarity, of belonging, of home, to any family, and these are the times when we feel closest as a family.

Those traditions could include the holidays — Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Hanukkah, the Fourth of July, Cinco de Mayo, what have you — or they could be more personal traditions: reading before bedtime, getting together at meal times, going to church together, or other similar activities.

In my family, my little immediate family of six kids and the wife and me, we are creating our own family traditions. Sure, we still celebrate and love those traditions of the families who raised us, but we are also our own family now, and we are creating the memories of our children. It is a blessed time for us, and the bonding that comes with these traditions is more important than anything else.

So here’s my question for all of you:

What are your family traditions, from your childhood, and if you have your own family now, what are the new traditions?

To get the discussion going, here are mine:

From my childhood

And now with my kids


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