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Family Traditions

Life Lessons From an Elf

Jami Demuth | Posted 11.30.2015 | 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 11.24.2015 | 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 11.17.2015 | 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 10.09.2015 | 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 07.10.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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...

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...