4 Ways to Preserve Family Holiday Traditions

People talk about going home for the holidays, but it's often the traditions of the holidays that create a home wherever you are. In this eight-part series, RE/MAX is taking a look at things that make a house a home and how each one can add to your seasonal celebration.

Family traditions can really make the season special. For the final day of the Centerpiece series, here are some ideas and resources to help you pass them on to future generations.

1. Put them on the record

In a few guided steps, the StoryCorps app sets you up to record an interview with family members. Choose from a list of interview questions, or ask your own about holiday traditions.

2. Store memories safely

Designate a special box to store all of your holiday supplies and memorabilia, such as cookie cutters, ornaments, recipe books and Christmas records. If you choose something decorative, such as a wooden chest, you can even use it as part of your holiday decorations. Keep the memories growing by adding something new to the box each year.

3. Invite everyone to participate

The more people who know about a tradition, the less likely it is to fade away. If you're far from family this holiday season, you can still invite friends and neighbors over to make a favorite recipe, play a special game or participate in whatever special tradition you'd like to remember. You can also share your traditions at the many seasonal parties, including your own get-together.

4. Take time to reflect

Don't just store your photos in a scrapbook and tuck it away. Warm up hot chocolate (or an Irish Coffee) and spend time with your family watching old movies or flipping through photographs. It might inspire you to revive a tradition that's faded away through the years.

Looking for a house, condo, beach bungalow or more where you can make a home? Find a RE/MAX agent to work with here.

More from our Centerpiece series:

Day 1 - Friends: Throw the Ultimate Ugly Sweater Party

Day 2 - Memories: How to Try Out the Curated Look

Day 3 - Family: How to Connect with Family During the Holidays

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