Family Traditions during Advent
Some "family traditions
are easy to see because they are different from our day to day routine. For example, the way my family "always"
Christmas present on Christmas Eve right before preparing to go to Mass at midnight, or the way our family goes out to celebrate the birth of Jesus with an early morning breakfast on December 25th
, or the way families always get together for the Thanksgiving dinner celebrations, or the way we celebrate birthdays.
Other family traditions are more "hidden." Not because we can’t see them, but because they are going on all the time and we take them for granted. For example, my father always drove the car although my mother was just as good a driver. My mother always did the "inside chores” together with my sisters and I and my father always took care of the "outside chores” together with my brothers. These family traditions are simply the way our family did things. We rarely talk about these "family traditions" yet they are strict rules for the family, i.e., everybody knows to obey them. We all knew, "never to ask Dad for anything right after he walked in the house from work!"
During the next few weeks of Advent, let us challenge our families to recognize these family traditions in the light of our faith; in order to grow closer to one another as one family in Christ. Perhaps we can begin the tradition of praying together as a family for 10 to 15 minutes each day (evenings work best when most of us are winding down from homework, meetings and chores).
here is not a technical word. It simply means "the way our family did things."
They could also be called family customs.