Tag Archives: Family traditions

Transforming trash to treasure

Our family has a story that has been passed down through the generations. The tale, in My Liturgy of Easy Walks: Finding the Sacred in Everyday (and some very strange) Places, describes an encounter my grandfather had with a farmer in Quebec. The farmer had a chicken coop. My grandfather visited the farm, and realized that one side of the chicken coop was constructed from a cherrywood table. As you might expect, the table was in rough shape, sharing company with a number of chickens.

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Renewing Family Traditions-Baby Blankets

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Finished baby blanket

When I heard our young neighbors had just had their first baby. I thought to myself, “Baby blanket.” I needed to make them a baby blanket.

My children were the first grandchildren on both sides of our family and were showered with gifts from their grandparents. But the gift that took on lasting meaning in our family was the flannel baby blankets my mom began making. Continue reading

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Passing on a tradition: Coconut Candy

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Anna and Nicole, ready for Christmas fun

There are lots of things to do around the holidays, but making time for holiday traditions is pretty high on my list of “things to do” and today’s to-do list had on it, “make coconut candy with grandgirl Nicole, and her mom,” my daughter Anna. Continue reading

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Finding Family Traditions in Many Places

At the ocean--Gooseberry Island, Westport, MA

At the ocean–Gooseberry Island, Westport, MA

Members of my family all grew up near the ocean. Whenever we are able to get to the shore, we each take a big sniff and announce, “Smells like the ocean.” Tradition? I guess, if you understand “tradition” as being something that is repeated with significance beyond the actual act, something that brings long-held family experiences up to the present. Continue reading

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