Monday: Traditions

She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed;

Psalm 31:26-28a

Biblical tradition is rather understood as the fullness of divine truth proclaimed in the scriptures…

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As everyone knows the day after Thanksgiving, here in the United States, is Black Friday. I have never been a fan of the event. It’s even easier purchasing sales by remotely shopping on-line. No more standing in line or shoving in large crowds of people. Just deal after deal is available as credit cards are filled to the max.

I guess it could be said Black Friday is a tradition to some people. During the Christmas season many traditions can arise. It’s a time of making memories.

A decade ago, my family started their own day after Thanksgiving event. We call it Gingerbread Day. It has evolved into a special time. Weeks earlier, homemade dough is rolled, cut and then left to harden as it dries out. Then, on the day after Thanksgiving, we decorate and design gingerbread houses with the children. Lunch is always the same: French Toast, smoked bacon and homemade apple sauce. We top cups of hot cocoa with fresh whipped cream and listen to Christmas music. There’s an excitement in the air.

What is the purpose of this unusual bonding time?. Why should we celebrate traditions? It is because it brings us together with a main purpose to complete.

A tradition can be a simple event to a child. A bedtime kiss on the head, Friday night family movie time, attending church every Sunday or a special weekend event can become a treasured memory to a little one.

Mom’s are dream makers who are blessed to lead their children to spiritual places of getting to know God better. As in all things, we should raise our families as onto the Lord. The best traditions are enhanced when adding time to them by reading the Bible together, sing hymns or praying.

May God inspire you to build memories which last a lifetime.

P. Wolf; author & poet

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