Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Strengthening Our Families!!


I have to give a lesson on Sunday in Relief Society on "Strengthening Our Families".  I don't know about you but I am tired of coming home from church feeling guilty because of all the things I could do better.  So with this lesson I want to go about it a different way.  Although I know the basics are important I want to share some fun family traditions with the Relief Society.  
With the holidays approaching I want to hear your family traditions either from your families growing up or your little families now.




I will start with mine:
My mom used to wrap all our Christmas books and we'd open them every night to count down to Christmas.  They were always the same books every year but that is what made them fun because we'd look forward to opening favorite ones and were bummed when we opened not so favorite ones.  My favorite one was the scratch and sniff Christmas.

8 comments:

Kami said...

Teaching R.S. was my least favorite calling, it stressed me out. I love the book tradition, I want to do that this year. Kyle's family growing up would deliver boxes of oranges to his dad's nurses on Christmas Eve and they loved it. I love the Holidays!
P.S. Gotta love the Mullet on Kyle huh? (especially because the back was permed, too funny.)

The Gatherum Family said...

I used to teach RS and I loved it...good luck with your lesson on Sunday. My family always had lots of traditions growing up, especially Christmas ones. My favorite is that we do a sub-for-Santa every year and on Christmas Eve we meet at my parents house, eat a BIG HUGE DELICIOUS dinner and then go deliver all the gifts to the family we have chosen for that year. It really helps the Christmas Spirit to hit home and I still look forward to it...sorry such a long comment...great idea for a lesson by the way and I agree with feeling guilty-good for you for trying to make it positive. Let us know how your lesson goes!

severts5 said...

i love your book tradition, soo cool. if i copy it you won't mind, right? :)

when i was a kid we would decorate the tree with our own special ornaments that we had received from previous years. on christmas eve we received our new ornament for that year to hang on the tree.

Logan and Ashley said...

Okay so I too am going to copy your book idea!! I love that and Reid is really into reading books right now so he will love this! I wish you wouldn't feel guilty. You are such a great mom and wife that you have nothing to feel guilty about. Life is all about learning and growing, just accept all of the advice and use what you can at that moment. I wish I had a family tradition to share, but I can't think of any right now, so I will think and try to help you. Love ya!!

Staci said...

It is refreshing to have a lesson that is spirtual but at the same time doesn't leave you feeling frustrated about things you feel you need to work on. We don't have any cool traditions but the Holidays that were the most memorable were the ones where we served someone in some way.

estanworth said...

Well I am suprised that Ashley couldn't come up with a tradition. Some of my favorites were: getting a new ornament every year and putting all the other years on the tree, decorating as a family for Christmas while dad played Christmas music, getting a new Christmas stroy every year to read, drawing a family member's name to buy a gift for, and just plain hanging out on Christmas day. Mom never cooked and we often did a puzzle or watched a new movie together as a family.

amanda said...

Thank You all for sharing your ideas and traditions. Please feel free to copy the book idea. I am going to start it this year as well.
I like the idea of getting new ornaments and hanging all of yours on the tree. I think I still have all of Brett's from when he was growing up. These days everyone has a theme tree that it is hard to find a place to put the homemade, preschool made, and primary made ornaments. But I remember doing that too and we had the hodge podge tree as well. So fun!!!

Becky said...

Mine is that we always start playing our Christmas music on the first snow fall. Even if it's Halloween (Kill-Joy). But by Christmas my kids can sing everyone!