How to Tap Into Your Family’s Holiday Traditions
By: Sponsored content from Ancestry·com
2 years ago
One great way to get your children thinking about their family’s history is to interview older family members about their own holiday traditions when they were young. And there’s no better time than when everyone’s together for the holidays.
The time is right; so is the setting and the ambience. And it’s a fun, satisfying project for after — or even during — that big holiday meal.
If your kids are old enough, they can ask questions and then write down (or videotape) the answers themselves. You’ll be creating your own family history document for future generations while your kids explore their past!
For Thanksgiving, ask the extended family questions like these:
Another great topic for questions is to explore whether some of the family’s traditions have come down from previous generations. Which beloved holiday traditions, recipes, or ornaments have been passed down and from whom? What is their story?
After the holiday, type up the stories neatly and put them into a folder or store them online, and put video interviews onto labeled DVDs. Keep those old family stories alive by giving everyone a copy. Store one with your holiday decorations too, so you can look at it every year when the holidays come around.
Take it a step further by learning more about some of the relatives your older family members tell you about. On Ancestry.com, you can search for them in state or census records, or maybe see if there’s anything in military records about Uncle Charles who came home from the war just in time for Christmas one year.
Or try looking at historical maps together as a family to see where the family hails from and where different relatives moved to. Ancestry has a collection of maps, atlases, and gazetteers that can help you become familiar with the neighborhood or even country where your people used to celebrate the holidays.