Are Today’s Families too Modern for Family Traditions?
Family traditions are as old as the family itself. They represent a comforting routine that many of us look forward to year after year. But in the age of scheduling conflicts and commercialism have families become too modern for family traditions?
Luckily, the answer is no.
A recent survey of more than 200 parents showed that family traditions are still an important part of the holidays. In all, 61% of respondents said that family traditions are “very important” in their family, and another 35% said they are somewhat important. Only 4% considered family traditions unimportant in their current families.
The biggest reason for this seems to be the emphasis placed on family traditions while growing up. As the Generation Xers now start families of their own, they are reminded of the family traditions they shared with their parents and want to create similar memories for their children. In fact, the majority (74%) have even started new family traditions since their children were born.
In the words of one mom – “My husband and I want our children to experience some of the same family traditions we grew up with, that created so many cherished memories for us. We both have memories of Santa visiting our house at Christmas, it’s nice to think that our sons will be able to have those memories as well.”
When asked the single most important reason that they practice family traditions, 64% said it was to create … Read more