Family traditions are important to our family. We eat meals around a table every night, sing songs before bedtime, and go on family hikes to local state parks that we love.
But some of our traditions are ones that are more intentional, and simply rooted in our love for God. Those traditions are the ones meant to help our children stay close to the Lord when they leave the home and start their own lives, because they’ll already be rooted in their own personal relationship with Him.
Here are some little easy ways we get closer to God as a family:
- Grace out loud before all meals. May sound simple but thanking God for the food we eat is the easiest prayer we can do! Not only does it bring God to the center of our meals, but it gives us a second to pause and have gratitude for the farmers or fisherman that God provided to give us our meals. We love Grace!
- Prayers together before bedtime. We have a family prayer we say out loud every night before bed, it’s a combination of Steve’s childhood prayer and my own childhood prayer. Your kids will remember their bedtime prayer forever, and will naturally recognize God before they sleep.
- Making the Sabbath special! Every Sunday we go to Mass together as a family. Frankie altar serves and afterwards we go have a big meal at Grandma and Papas house. We also choose to dress up as a family on Sundays – because visiting the Lord’s house is SPECIAL! We want to look our best when we’re in the presence of the Lord. (This is a tradition I grew up with!). Small things (like dressing up, visiting family, and cutting out sports games) differentiate Sunday from all the other days of the week – truly setting it aside as the Lord’s day!
How do you incorporate your faith into family traditions?