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Family Traditions

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 01.26.2015 | 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...

Roller Coasters, Flags and Popsicles: Our Memorial Day Recipe

Samantha Stone | Posted 07.27.2014 | Women
Samantha Stone

We're not forgetting what makes Memorial Day so special. We're honoring those who went before us in the best way we know how -- living life to the fullest!

VIDEO: How To Make A Sourdough Starter

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 06.03.2014 | Taste
Rebecca Gerendasy

You might say Robert Jordan is the keeper of the flame by preserving the family's sourdough starter for so many years.

For Love of the Game

Abby Heugel | Posted 05.31.2014 | Sports
Abby Heugel

It's tradition and memories tied up with box scores and hopefulness, mixed in with stats.

The Beloved Family Tradition I'm Recreating For My Kids

Lori Ferraro | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

I love that they have this little weekly tradition to look forward to. I love that my friends love to come over and share our tradition with us. I love that this is a slice (see what I did there?) of my childhood that is now a part of theirs.

12 Ways Couples Are Creating Their Own Traditions This Holiday Season

Posted 12.23.2013 | Weddings

One of the best parts about being married or engaged in the month of December is having another person to share your family's holiday traditions with ...

Finding Room For Joy When Everything Has Changed

Kathy Glow | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Kathy Glow

Those of us who grieve deeply never get over it. We live our lives with it, we manage it. But during certain times of the year, the management is much harder. And the grief will swallow us if we're not careful.

These Wacky Things Families Do Will Make You Feel Better About Yours

Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News

With Thanksgivukkah a not-so-distant memory and The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year up ahead, the holiday season is in full swing. In the spirit o...

The Holiday Traditions We Absolutely Refuse To Let Go Of

Shelley Emling | Posted 02.17.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Every year before Christmas, I spend hours stringing popcorn and cranberries with the goal of producing three long strands to drape around our Christmas tree. I do it every single year without fail even though my kids no longer relish the idea of pricked fingers or too-crumbly popcorn. Why do I do it? Because my mother always did it -- and her mother as well.

These Men Have Sat On Santa's Lap Every Year Since 1980

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 12.17.2013 | Parents

Posing with Santa is a holiday ritual most kids outgrow well before their high school graduation. But brothers Martin and Mike Gray, now in their 3...

Thanksgiving "Redefined"

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

At some point our family fell out of the usual Thanksgiving routine. We got tired of turkey. Stuffing. That danged green bean casserole and the "mystery Jello mold" desserts. In fact, the whole business of cooking the typical Thanksgiving meal got old.

Pass the Pie, Charlie Brown

Nikki Luongo | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Nikki Luongo

It was just another meal except on a weekday, and we didn't have to go to school the next day. We came, we ate, we argued, we ate dessert and then we left, if it wasn't being called Thanksgiving, It would be called Sunday dinner.

Wishing You A Happy, Blunder-Free Thanksgiving

Marlo Thomas | Posted 01.25.2014 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving for me is re-watching some of the classic holiday blunders that have been depicted on television. Whether dealing with the drama of in-laws or botching a traditional family recipe, these are some of my absolute favorite outrageous Thanksgiving blunders on TV.

6 Choices To Make For A More Meaningful Holiday

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cunningham

I don't know about you, but I'm still hoping my husband and I will have a little more pull than the local shopping mall when it comes to how our children remember the holidays.