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Well, Because Tradition!

The fall is officially upon us here in Minnesota. The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and schools are back in session. Another indicator that we are in this particular time of year is all the commercials for upcoming holidays. Thinking about holidays always makes me wonder about traditions with family and friends. I often reminisce this time of year about traditions that were important to me in my childhood and wonder how they compare to others. tradition

As families grow, they tend to settle into routines and create traditions that are important to them. Traditions can be passed down throughout generations or might be unique to a specific family unit, and are especially important during the holidays. Either way, traditions can help families to feel grounded, connected, and secure. They are particularly beneficial for children as well. When participating in family traditions, children can learn about family history, their faith, or even social skills. This can be done while watching a special movie, eating a meal, playing a game, taking a walk, or spending time in a place of worship such as a Church, Temple, Synagogue, or Mosque. tradition

During the holidays, some families enjoy traditions that include giving back to their communities. Examples of this might include volunteering at a homeless shelter, donating gently used clothes, or volunteering at a soup kitchen. These traditions can also be beneficial for children as they give them the opportunity to give back, develop empathy and compassion for others, and learn about family traditions different than their own. During this current and upcoming holiday season, I encourage everyone to lean into their family traditions. Use these moments to connect to and support others and yourself. If you are looking for ways to learn about holidays other than your own, please refer to the list below. tradition

Diwali- October 19, 2017

Halloween- October 31, 2017

Samhain- October 31, 2017 to November 1, 2017

Día de Muertos- October 31, 2017 to November 2, 2017

All Saints Day- November 1, 2017

Thanksgiving- November 23, 2017

Hanukkah- December 12, 2017 to December 20, 2017

Winter Solstice- December 21, 2017

Christmas- December 25, 2017

Kwanzaa- December 26, 2017 to January 1, 2018

Written by Candace Hanson, MA, LMFT

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