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Family Traditions

8 Holiday Meal Traditions That Make Us Miss Home

Posted 07.02.2014 | 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 05.29.2014 | 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.

How to Close the Cabin: An Instruction Manual

Catherine McMullen | Posted 11.08.2013 | Fifty
Catherine McMullen

Do this in October, the later the better, or in early November if you dare risk first freeze.

The 5-Step-Plan To Survive The Time Change With Kids

Cat Greenleaf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Cat Greenleaf

Before we had our sons, the extra hour every fall meant more time to work, explore New York or watch one more episode of our latest binge. Now, the end of Daylight Saving Time represents waking up in the dark and adding 60 more minutes to the grouchiest part of our evening.

Never Too Old for Halloween

Nikki Luongo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nikki Luongo

It's impossible to believe, but in less than three weeks, it'll be Halloween again. It's impossible to believe because it's nearly 80 degrees and instead of being blistery cold, it's like another August, but of course it's not.

Transgender Children, a Tree Stand and Family Traditions

Wayne Maines | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

I wish that parents of transgender kids had more opportunities to pass on family traditions, but we are more often struggling with daily survival. It makes me very sad.

A Birthday Tradition

Monica Wyche | Posted 09.02.2013 | Parents
Monica Wyche

I had a few minutes alone with my baby this morning, feeding him a bottle. As we sat there, quiet and cuddly, I found myself telling him the story of the day he was born.

Our Syracuse Pottery

Barbara Gunn | Posted 07.11.2013 | New York
Barbara Gunn

My husband took my entire family out for dinner at a French restaurant when he was courting me, and we all sat down, looked at the china, knew it was Syracuse and every one of us picked up our plate to check the bottom. We were right. He sat there totally startled at the odd ritual.

Millennials Shift Seder Focus From Freedom to Family

Win Bassett | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Win Bassett

Like its counterparts of the synagogue and the halakha, the Passover meal observed today may not be so traditional. It is now steeped in a different tradition -- doctrine is out, and family is in.

The Big Problem With Wedding Registries

Posted 03.04.2013 | Weddings

Wedding registries may be an efficient way for newlyweds to begin building their life together, but a recent study suggests that the ritual has had a ...

A Passover Breakfast

Mindy Trotta | Posted 04.22.2013 | Fifty
Mindy Trotta

My dad was not a cook. He built skyscrapers in New York City, and his strong hands were more comfortable wielding the heavy steel of a hammer or a saw than the gentle curves of a metal whisk.

34 Non-Birthday, Non-Anniversary, Non-Holiday Occasions to Celebrate

Andrea Reiser | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents
Andrea Reiser

Exactly 20 years ago yesterday -- February 12, 1993 -- I opened the door for a blind date... and it turned out to be the door to the most beautiful future.

Comfort Programming on a Cold Winter Night

Catherine Clinch | Posted 04.03.2013 | Entertainment
Catherine Clinch

No matter how far away from him I was, the mere act of curling up in a comfy chair with the latest rendition of the Hallmark Hall of Fame gave me the same feeling of warmth and security that I'd felt sitting in the big chair with my Grampa when I was a little girl.