Most people look forward to the holidays. Special seasons allow time to celebrate the joy of family. Whether large or small, it is an opportunity to come together in a more intimate way without the distractions of the outside world. For some, because of distance, or hectic schedules, holidays are the only time they get to see their whole family congregated under one roof.
Some families play cards or board games, while others binge-watch Christmas classics. My family does a marathon of PIXAR films. Some families just sit and talk, savoring the precious moments, and reveling in each other’s presence.
Families aren’t just those who are connected by blood; they’re people to whom we are bound by love. They are the people who stand by your side and love you unconditionally. Precious time spent allows familial bonds to be reinforced, and provides the opportunity for us to learn from one another. They’re also just plain fun!
Self-Reflection Questions for You and Your Children:
- What is the fondest memory I have from a family get-together?
- How might I be able to connect more consistently with family that I don’t get to see regularly?
- What are some of the lessons that I have learned from older and wiser family members?
- What important values/lessons have I learned from other family members?