For the next few months I’ll be participating in a monthly blogging project called Faith of Our Children with several other mom-bloggers. This month we’re talking about the impact of traditions on our kids’ faith.
When I think about traditions, the image that comes first to my mind is Christmas eve at my mom’s house. Every year my siblings and I gather to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. With in-laws and cousins and a friend here and there, our group is huge– around 50 people these days. But we all squeeze into mom’s big long dining room for clam chowder in bread bowls.
By the time dinner is done, the littlest kids can barely take their eyes off the heaps of gifts around the Christmas tree in the corner of the room. But there’s no rushing this particular tradition. Dishes are set away, and chairs moved into a big ring in the living room, and we all go sit together. Then always, always, my mom pulls out her well-worn Bible, opens it to Luke 2, and hands it to my brother. In the ensuing quiet, in a room lit only by twinkle lights, the Christmas story is told. Then we sing Christmas carols together, ending always with Happy Birthday To Jesus.
Within minutes of that last song, our living room looks like any living room anywhere in America, littered with wrapping paper and children clutching new goodies. But never has a year gone by without carols and the Christmas story and honor being given to the One whose birth we celebrate. I hope those moments are ones that our children will never forget. And when the ‘tradition’ baton is passed on to their generation, whether their gatherings are big or small, hear or far, I pray they too will treasure that tradition, and will continue to tell the precious story to their children, and their children’s children.
If you would like to read what others have to say on this topic, visit the bloggers below. And I would love to hear your traditions as well. How are you actively working to pass your faith on to your children?
Other Faith of Our Children bloggers
- Amy’s Finer Things
- Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
- Kitchen Stewardship
- Mom’s Toolbox
- Parenting Miracles
- Smockity Frocks
- The Happy Housewife