For my beloved Family Recreation class we have been reading two inspiring books.
The first was Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute... a very good book I would recommend to anyone.
The second is The Intentional Family by William J. Doherty. If you value family rituals, this book will facilitate implementing valuable rituals that will bring your family together.
If you ever get bored.. these are great books.
Ok, so yesterday I was reading about the family rituals of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would like to share a thought with you.
"Americans have grown inured to crass commercialism taken to excess... But somehow Thanksgiving has resisted the blandishments of an age of avarice... In a nation where the mall never palls and seven-days-a-week shopping seems enshrined as a civic religion, Thanksgiving stands out as an oasis of tranquility and a reminder of the values that once tempered American materialism. This Thanksgiving give thanks for the one holiday that cannot be bought."
Walter Shapiro, Time magazine
I have to admit commercialism of holidays can sometimes be fun (what would Valentine's day be like without commercialism? What would Christmas be like without stockings, Christmas trees, and Santa Claus?), but it is a beautiful thing to realize that Thanksgiving has somehow escaped the hand of commercialism. I feel almost as though Thanksgiving gives a greater opportunity for sincere reflection and genuine family time than any other holiday. While cooking a meal is hard work, that's usually the extent of it. No Thanksgiving parties to go to.... No planning months in advance and breaking the bank... it is truly a holiday focused on family.
I encourage you all to take advantage of the opportunity we have every holiday to build meaningful rituals and strengthen our families. I believe it can make an eternal impact on families!