7 Family Rituals to Add Meaning to Every Day

Photo by: Brendan DeBrincat
Light a candle
Lighting candles at mealtime naturally quiets things down and encourages reflection. (Unless your kids are toddlers or pyromaniacs, of course.)
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Photo by: Brendan DeBrincat
Light a candle
Lighting candles at mealtime naturally quiets things down and encourages reflection. (Unless your kids are toddlers or pyromaniacs, of course.)
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Mon, Jan 14, 2013 2:28 PM EST
Whether religious or not, many people consider ritual and tradition to be an important (and treasured) part of life. The word ritual has such a serious ring to it, but rituals can also be simple, comforting and fun. And now that we're past the distraction of the holidays, it's easier to think about ritual in its less-loaded, everyday form: the little things you can do each day, each week, or each season to insert a pause for reflection or appreciation. Rituals need not be time-consuming (or all that serious) to be special. As long as they're predictable and important to your family, they will be meaningful. Here are 7 ideas to consider. See if one resonates for you. - By Asha Dornfest



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