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    Holiday Traditions and Marriage

    By Kristen Houghton     

    What ever their spiritual beliefs, married couples have certain traditions that are important to them at special times of the year. Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, or the beginning of Spring, there are special ways you and your spouse observe them.

    A neighbor buys his wife assorted gourmet jelly beans in bright colors every year at this time. They celebrate Passover, so why jelly beans, a traditional Easter candy? He buys them because his wife is an avid gardener whose garden overflows with flowers of every color. Spring is when she begins to plant her flowers. The jelly beans are his way of letting her know he appreciates how beautiful she makes their backyard look.

    My friend gives her husband a bright red egg every Easter. Itís a symbol of love, a celebration of his Russian heritage, and a tribute to his grandparents who brought the tradition of red eggs over from their homeland.

    Relatives of mine put bunnies all over the house as a celebration of Spring. Their collection has grown over the years and they have fun seeing the rabbits of all sizes inhabit their house from Palm Sunday until after Easter. Itís a personal celebration too, since their last name happens to be Hopper.

    Another couple place strands of red colored paper over their doorways as a way to observe Passover. They added a prayer in Hebrew, blessing all who enter, and attached it to the paper.

    I have friends who celebrate the Spring by placing small pots with greenery in the east, west, north, and south corners of their home. They believe this brings new life and hope to their marriage.

    Psychiatrists say that traditions are important because they maintain a continuity of life providing a string of familiar and satisfying memories that bind a marriage. Like love and commitment, they create a common bond. A day where familiar foods are eaten and activities shared designates a comfort zone. This type of familiarity breeds contentment and a feeling of security.

    If you and your spouse donít have any special traditions, you can start to create ones that are unique to you as a couple. Choose something that gives you both a sense of celebration and sharing. Make a special meal together, use flowers to make your home look festive. What is important is that whether old, or brand new, having traditions give you a sense of belonging.

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