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Family Traditions

Why I Only Give My Kids 3 Gifts Each Christmas

Kathy Radigan | Posted 12.06.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

My parents have always loved Christmas and made sure to make it extra special for my sisters and me. My mother made a gingerbread house each year and ...

For the Love of the Game. Go Cubs Go.

Stella Mowen | Posted 01.17.2017 | Sports
Stella Mowen

2016 MLB World Series Game 7. Photo © Monika Pawlak featuring Stella Mowen There is power in events that bring people together to root each other o...

Mama: 3 Ways to Find More Pleasure in Your Life

Tammy Warner-Wilson | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents
Tammy Warner-Wilson

As a life coach who works exclusively with mothers, I've noticed nearly all of my clients come to me with the same desire: to experience more pleasure amid the busyness of family life.

I Am a Great-Grandmother

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 03.15.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

This October I am entering my tenth decade. As all these grand-babies are entering our world, I will be exiting it. I will most likely not know them in their teens. Even if I make it to 100, they will be only 10 years old.

Why Such a Big Deal About the Elf?

Natalie Romero | Posted 12.23.2016 | Parents
Natalie Romero

She was not planned. In fact, we had no intention of welcoming her as a guest until she was given to us as a gift. Claire, our Elf on the Shelf, join...

With Every Christmas Card I Write...

Lori Ferraro | Posted 12.08.2016 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

One year we did send out a "normal" Christmas card. It was very cute, just the boys at a playground wearing superhero capes. No one was overly excited by this, except for grandma's and aunts who were still questioning that one where we're sitting on a couch, outside, back in 2002.

The Magic and Memories of Sunday Supper

Liz Neumark | Posted 12.01.2016 | Taste
Liz Neumark

How do we feel about mandatory family gatherings? We have a love/hate relationship with them, influenced by ones position in the generational line up and how much we truly want to be independent or connected. Or, how good the food will be.

Life Lessons From an Elf

Jami Demuth | Posted 11.30.2016 | Parents
Jami Demuth

How much I longingly remember our lives before this elf. The days when I had to keep only one holiday ruse going and not two. How much I have a new-found appreciation for those parents who've had elves in their homes year after year. You are better people than me.

Starting Family Traditions

Yetty Williams | Posted 11.24.2016 | Parents
Yetty Williams

As a family living in a busy urban city it can be very easy to get into the grind of just getting things done and quickly. The list of things to do includes manoeuvring traffic to get to work and school, running the home, paying bills, cooking and cleaning before you add the biggest task of all -- raising the children.

6 Siblings and 5 Valuable Lessons Learned

Daffnee Cohen | Posted 11.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Daffnee Cohen

I'm number 3 (the best number of course) out of 6 children. Let that sink in. That is a LOT of children. As the years pass by, as we all get older and...

The Sweetest Traditions Are Often the Simplest

Emily Nichols Grossi | Posted 10.09.2016 | Parents
Emily Nichols Grossi

My sons and I have a daily tradition we call Morning Snuggle. Morning Snuggle is exactly what it sounds like: we snuggle in the morning. It involves the boys making various amounts of noise before 6:30 a.m. -- which is the time we have told them they may exit their rooms -- and then barreling into our room at 6:31 a.m.

Traditions Gone Wild

Leah Ariniello | Posted 07.09.2016 | Parents
Leah Ariniello

Would it make sense to pack a foil balloon in a suitcase for use two days later? Was there any precious packing room left for it to actually fit without popping?

Kerry Robinson: The Church Deserves Women in Leadership

Jennifer Labbadia | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion
Jennifer Labbadia

The question of women's leadership has long been a contentious issue in the Catholic Church. While Francis has changed the tone of the Church through his messages and actions, when it comes to women, many people agree: Pope Francis isn't perfect.

New Family, New Traditions: Navigating the Holidays After Divorce

Pamela L. Smith | Posted 02.23.2015 | Divorce
Pamela L. Smith

This year, my ex asked to have the boys for dinner on the first night. Even though it wasn't his usual night, he promised to have them home for bedtime. It took a moment to register but I realized that I was no longer a necessary part of this holiday. He is now ready to take on this tradition on his own.

Growing Up and Out of Santa

Kathy Radigan | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I'm feeling a little wistful this year because I fear that it may be the last Christmas that we have a true believer in our family. Our youngest child is 9 and in the fourth grade. I was a year younger when I found out that there was no such thing as Santa. Or as I remember it, the day I took my first step into adulthood.

Why Santa Doesn't Visit Our House

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur | Posted 02.10.2015 | Parents
Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

To put it simply, I believe this tradition has lost its meaning and that it doesn't carry very positive messages for little people. I've seen too many parents using Santa as a bargaining or behaviour management tool.

When They Say They Don't Care, They Actually Do

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 02.09.2015 | Parents
Cornelia Seigneur

For now, I strive to keep up the traditions around holidays and birthdays and other celebrations, knowing that, deep down, my kids do care. And that traditions do matter.

Why We Need to Maintain Family Tradition

Daffnee Cohen | Posted 02.04.2015 | HuffPost Home
Daffnee Cohen

Tradition is one of the most beautiful ideologies we have created and experience as living and loving humans. There is no cookie cutter outline for what your tradition should look like, who you should share it with or how it should grow over time.

How Competition Brought Us Closer This Thanksgiving

Cristina M. Regalado | Posted 11.04.2015 | Women
Cristina M. Regalado

As an immigrant, I appreciated the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday as a uniquely American tradition. Our extended family adapted to the fervor that came with preparations for this holiday.

Remembering My Big, Fat, 1970s Thanksgiving

Lori Ferraro | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

It was a different time then -- no handheld devices, telephones brought to the table, no viral turkey videos and no uploading photos of pumpkin pie. Not that there's anything wrong with that last one, I thoroughly enjoy looking at pictures of pie.

The Thanksgiving Traditions That Remain Sacred

Dianne Harman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

As we age, there's a tendency to let go of some of the traditions that have always been part of our holidays. They often seem like a lot more work than we're willing to do, and since many of us now spend our holidays at our children's homes, allowing them to start their own traditions, why bother? Looking back at past holidays, we often wonder how we were able to do it all.

How My Vision Of Thanksgiving Differs From The Reality

Laurie Levy | Posted 01.25.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

As I prepare my shopping lists and try to decide on this year's menu, why am I also filled with a growing feeling of exhaustion?

Holiday Family Traditions

Honey Good | Posted 11.22.2014 | Fifty
Honey Good

With families of all shapes and sizes sometimes separated by thousands of miles, it's not always easy to spend the holidays together. But I believe it's up to the grandmother to step up to the plate and continue family traditions.

If These Dishes Could Talk

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 11.19.2014 | Women
Rachel Levy Lesser

My mother was a terrible cook, but she set a beautiful table. Every year at least a week before the Jewish holidays -- which, as she used to say, fell either too early or too late, but were never on time -- she'd get out her most favorite dishes.

8 Holiday Meal Traditions That Make Us Miss Home

Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents

Holidays are reminders of who you are and where you come from. Christmas, Independence Day and Thanksgiving are not just days off from work and school...