Traditions are a wonderful thing that keeps us connected to our heritage and bonds the family together through the passing years. Time goes on, people grow older, things change, but traditions keep some things centered despite all the shifts in life. They provide a sense of unity and belonging and can serve as a thread that ties us all, no matter where we may end up. But as sweet as it may be to have these traditions to rely on to bring us all back as we carry on, many of them require people to have things together to continue them successfully.
Apart from keeping traditions alive, many of them require taking care of valued items over the years. Here are some that you should probably practice or avoid altogether if you don’t have a good grasp of keeping things safely tucked away and maintained well.
Passing on jewelry
From a mother giving her engagement ring to her son before he proposes to his bride-to-be to a grandmother giving her own grandmother’s necklace to the family baby who has just hit sweet sixteen, passing on family heirlooms has been a long-time tradition across different cultures. There are differences in cultural significance depending on the history of the family, their journey, and their heritage, but the sentimental value is always there. Of course, this wouldn’t be quite the impactful moment where the jewelry to be severely broken or, worse, lost to the unknown.
Besides taking care to keep your priceless heirlooms safely tucked away, it’s important to protect them from any external damage that could befall them from poor care or rough handling. If you’ve already seen some wear and want to pass on your jewelry to the next generation, you can easily find jewelers who can repair the damage, restore them to great shine and shape, and even resize them accordingly.
Bringing out special family-made holiday decorations
If your family is big on Christmas and the like, surely there are treasure troves of little trinkets and decorative materials that the kids have made over the years. Little baubles for the tree, personal stockings to hang on the mantle, and makeshift tinsel and string to hang up with the lights are among the things that one might find in these. They are a great reminder of the old days, but this also makes them prone to degrading over time. Proper storage should save these items from pests, mold, rust, and grime that can creep onto things left in the dark for too long. One should also take care to make sure that the space doesn’t have too much moisture and humidity, so look out for holes in the wall and ceiling and check on the HVAC system.
Having “family recipes”
There are few things quite as powerful as food when it comes to eliciting emotions. The reaction is palpable when you get that first whiff of a childhood favorite drafting from the kitchen, and it always manages to taste better than any other dish out there when you finally get your first bite after forever. Psychologists note that food is intrinsically linked to mood and emotions. Add to this that special designation of a family recipe that has been tried and tested by generations of your ilk, and it’s a wonderful thing to pass on.
As with the rest of the items on this list, this is one of those things you can’t really get back if you lose it or damage that one paper that has been saved from 1931. A good idea in this day and age is simply scanning any existing recipe and uploading it to the cloud or any digital storage device you have. It’s future-proof and makes sure that you can refer to it safely even if you accidentally pour the sauce all over grandma’s cookbook.
Recreating Baby Photos
This is a cute little tradition that has seen more popularity in recent years with the dawn of social media, and it only really works if you can put in some key elements from the original picture. Sure, you can use similar-looking outfits and a vaguely familiar backdrop that fits the same vibe of the first photo. Still, there’s just that added spark of being able to mark the changes you’ve gone through in the time that’s passed by using a few of the originals. For instance, something is fascinating about holding that old dolly that once took up your whole arm’s length and now only sits on one hand.
Science says that people love traditions precisely because they serve as timestamps that provide stability and predictability in a world full of troubles and ever-changing norms. For this purpose, make sure you adopt ones you can sustain. Otherwise, you can find ways to keep things better to suit your tradition needs.
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