17    Dec 20140 comments

It’s in the family: Unique family traditions

Every family has traditions passed down through generations. Some relate to holiday food traditions and using ancestors’ recipes, while others are more unique such as the tradition of all women in a family wearing the same wedding dress or veil.

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Whether it’s every day, every year or for a specific event or milestone, family traditions create lasting memories and strengthen family bonds. It’s always nice to have memories of recurring childhood activities with the family, and it becomes even more special if you carry those traditions forward for your own family.

Last week, a friend told me she was celebrating her daughter’s half-birthday. Growing up, her whole family celebrated half-birthdays. Her parents would even make half of a birthday cake! It was nice to see that, years later, she was continuing this same tradition for her own daughter.
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16    Nov 20143 comments

Thanksgiving Traditions: Old and new

Thanksgiving is almost here and it’s time for family, food and football!

For decades, Americans have been celebrating Thanksgiving with its fun traditions, from watching the Macy’s Day Parade to eating turkey.

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29    Dec 20131 comment

Our Children: Sharing our unique family histories

Discussing family history with our children is a very good way, say many experts, to increase their connections to family. This includes our family traditions, stories, myths and holiday rituals.

Today - with the many tools and features of global family history site MyHeritage.com - it is easier than ever to record, preserve and transmit your family’s unique story to your children and down through future generations. Continue reading "Our Children: Sharing our unique family histories" »

25    Sep 20122 comments

Family: Heritage at the kitchen table

A kitchen table is much more than just a piece of furniture.

My grandmother always told me to make sure to have a table in the kitchen. “Sit down while you’re doing all that prep work for holidays and family get-togethers,” she admonished. Good advice for saving one’s back and legs! But the table was and is more than a workspace for ethnic specialties.

To tell the truth, I don’t remember what the actual table looked like, as it was always covered with a tablecloth – a nice one for meals or plastic for preparing the amazing things that came out of her oven or those huge pots on the stove.

The kitchen table is where women (and, increasingly, men) historically gathered – and still do, in some cultures - to share the cutting, mincing, chopping, dicing, rolling and more. Together, they shared the tasks while they talked, told jokes, sang songs and, yes, shared family history.

It is – and was - a space for sharing, collaborating and holding heritage close to our hearts.

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