Start New Holiday Traditions With 4-H

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4-H teens decorating cookiesThere are so many holiday movies playing on TV this time of year. One thing that continuously pops up during some of the movies, especially on the hallmark channel, is the traditions that are shared in the family. Whether it’s making a gingerbread house, going to a tree lighting, making crafts as homemade presents, there are always family traditions that are highlighted in the movie. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? Maybe it involves your cultural heritage or meaningful religious practices. It’s important to make those holiday memories with children so they can be passed down from generation to generation.

Lisa Cossey, LCSW, shared in an article published on the Youth First website about the importance of family traditions. Families that share in their own traditions provide a sense of comfort and security to their families, especially the children involved. Children love routine and consistency; a family tradition provides this year after year. It also helps the children manage the changes in the year and gives them something to look forward to.” Lisa also suggested that traditions can change and evolve over time as children grow and mature. 

If you are looking to try new traditions, the 4H website offers fun holiday activities to do at home that could be added to your family tradition list. The activities include subjects including STEM, cooking, and crafting. Additionally, many of them can be tailored to youth of all ages. These free downloadable activity guides and lessons can take your traditions to the next level. Learn about the science behind baking cookies or make a foaming holiday snowman with baking soda. There are so many interactive activities to choose from! Visit 4-H.org keyword Holiday 2021 to learn more. 

I hope you enjoy making memories through holiday traditions this year with your family and friends. Happy Holidays everyone!

decorated holiday cookies.

Resources: 

Celebrate the Holiday Season with 4-H

The Importance of Family Traditions