Which traditions are indispensable parts of your life?  What does your family do that brings them together year after year?  Are there special holidays or times of the year that you gather at the same place and celebrate life together?

We carried out our tradition at a ranch in Colorado again this year.  Nearly thirty years ago we took our three children to get away during a busy time in our lives by spending a week riding horses in the mountains.  We had such a great time together that we decided to do it again the following summer.  Then the kids got married, and we took their spouses.  Next the grandchildren came along and became a part of the yearly retreat.  It is so important that other things are put aside.  We spend the week horseback riding, hiking, swimming, fishing, and playing games.  Although my health now prohibits me from some activities, I still am able to take a walk with Davidene, sit on the porch swing with my kids, or play a board game with my grandkids.  It is a great time to read a good book, enjoy some great meals together, laugh at the entertainment, and have meaningful conversations.  The best time may just be looking at the beauty of God’s creation.  There is no T.V., limited internet and phone, and life just seems to slow down to an enjoyable pace.

We have similar times at several of the other holidays.  We gather for Memorial Day to open the lake season, the 4th of July for celebrations and summer fun, and Labor Day ending the summer and enjoying the start of the new school year.  We gather after Thanksgiving for food and football and walks in the fall.  We celebrate Davidene’s birthday and the New Year together.  Cousins play together at each of these times until they are exhausted.  The adults talk, play games, and eat the latest new recipe.  Another thirty or more of our extended family joins our sixteen at Easter and Christmas and for some of the lake gatherings.  It is fun to be on the beach or play games with all of the nieces and nephews and their children.  We find that families that make an effort to be together have more fun!  It is true that as you play and pray together there is a far better chance that you stay together.

So, what are some of your traditions?  You may say that your family does not live close by, that you do not have very much vacation time, or that you do not have a place to go or enough money to take you there.  Well, it does not take a lot of money or even time, but you have to make it a priority.  Get away to a nearby campground or invite them to your home and start some traditions.  If you really care about others, are fun to be with, and make this a priority, then others will want to be around you.  This does take commitment, but it is well worth the time, and money, and effort. Family gatherings do not have to be boring and difficult to get through.  If there is a spirit of love, then these times can be exciting and memorable.   Pay the effort to get a tradition started,  and you will reap dividends for many years to come.

Thankful for Good Traditions,

Kent Humphreys

 “As was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.” Luke 4:16 (NASB)

 “And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him” Luke 22:39 (NASB)

Also look at: Ruth 4:7, Luke 2:42; 2 Thessalonians 3:6


About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

One Response to Traditions

  1. Teresa Scott says:

    thank you for sharing your heart. Once again your articles remind me of change that needs to be made to enhance our lives. We must take(make) time to slow down and reflect on God’s goodness and blessings in our lives. You and Davidene are a blessing to our family.

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