Part of what makes each holiday a special occasion are the family traditions that are celebrated and passed down each year. Whether it's a cookie plate for Santa, a cherished Menorah, crystal candlesticks, or a cake plate passed down from Grandma for her famous chocolate cake recipe, traditions are important because they build strong relationships between generations. Because these customs are so cherished, children often remember these special experiences from the holiday season more than the toys or gifts they receive.
Additionally, traditions can teach children about important values like family and community. When I try to relay the image of the future entertaining to my registrants I always tell them to keep in mind their future generations while picking out the sentimental items on their registry. Traditions bring families together. There's nothing like preparing a holiday recipe that's been handed down from one generation to the next. It's a wonderful time to reminisce about how the recipe brings back fond memories of holidays past while at the same time creating new memories as you prepare and enjoy the dish with the help of family and friends. In my family when the china cabinet opens up, I know exactly which serving piece goes with each special food item.
Now that I'm a mom, my six-year old has already picked up on the correlation between certain foods and what I serve them on. I secretly have visions of him making my family's recipe for nut rolls and serving them on New Years Day, to signify the sweetness of the year to come, just like my mother did, and her mother, and her mother before her. So whatever you celebrate or wherever you gather, my wish for you this holiday season is that you pull out your best dishes and serving pieces, and that you are surrounded by love, laughter, and great food! Need help registering or just picking out the perfect piece you're your home?
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