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Introducing Traditions That Last Beyond Christmas Eve

Introducing Traditions That Last Beyond Christmas Eve

By Richard Weijo  

We all have our traditions.

For my family, it has always been to get together on Christmas Eve.  That is the time when we share a special meal together, exchange gifts, and pick out a favorite Xmas movie to watch.

With everyone together, this is a perfect time to share even more.  It’s only recently that I realized that other important traditions can be added during this time.

It’s an ideal time for those special family stories, those that highlight a special act of courage or kindness or even a milestone event in family history. It can also be used to highlight special achievements that occurred during the year – such as a granddaughter graduating from elementary to middle school.

You see, most of us – particularly as children – will not remember these stories if they are only told to us once. Just like their favorite books, children learn from hearing them over and over again.

Then, when we become adults, we will remember to share them with our families. And in that special moment, an important principle or value will pass from one generation to the next.

This year, I am planning to make sure to add just one activity during this evening. It’s simple and won’t take much time. I am going to tell each one of them that I love and appreciate them so very much. I don’t do this very often, it’s awkward for me.

But if I make this my ritual on Christmas Eve, just maybe, after I am long gone, each one of them just might remember to pass on this special tradition with their family.

What special tradition would you like to start this year?

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Richard O. Weijo, PhD, received an undergraduate degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and went on to receive his MBA and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota. He was an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Richard was also a Senior Analyst at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and his most recent corporate position was as a Manager of market research and Director of customer channels at Portland General Electric. Currently, he is a consultant and a writer. He adores his young granddaughter Elsie, whose birth inspired his book, Our Dreams For Our Children: Creating Legacies That Inspire Each New Generation To Achieve A Brighter Future.

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