Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights and our comfort when we occasionally falter. —Brad Henry
Throughout our lives, we experience all types of love, be that love from friends, significant others, or even the passion we have for ourselves. But a love that shapes us and helps us grow is the kind that we have for our family, and that our family has for us. A nurturing family is something that is not only of the utmost importance but also is something that should be celebrated! Be that the family you are given or the family that you have created, all the love and adoration you receive from them is something that should be cherished always.
A question that we may ask ourselves in this is, why is familial love so important to us? What is the impact that it can have in our lives and why do we need it for our own personal growth. Not only this, but how can we, in turn, celebrate the love we have for our family in ways that unique, simple, and beautiful?
What is Familial Love?
In ancient times, storge was the Grecian word for familial love. This love though is different than the love between friends; the meaning of this word actually translates to unconditional or instinctual love. Now in modern times, family and unconditional love still go hand in hand, as we often see family as a unit that will love and accept you despite and because of all of your flaws.
Now, a family isn’t always perfect, and you may have moments where you don’t feel the love from them, but these are the times where you need to appreciate the moments where you have felt the love from them.
Why do we need it?
Now it is great that we have defined this, but why do we need a family unit so much? What are the benefits of the love we receive from our family?
Well, a Harvard study conducted by Waldinger and Schulz found out that “warmer relationships with parents in childhood predict greater security of attachment to intimate partners in late life.” This just goes to show that the relationships you have with your family affect how you connect with individuals later on in your adult life. Having loving and healthy relationships with your family correlate with you being able to carry out those same feelings in all other relationships in your life.
In defining what the love of our family means and realizing how it can shape us as individuals, it is essential that we begin to take time to celebrate it as well.
Family is not an important thing. It’s everything – Michael J. Fox
The Importance of Celebrating Family
Celebrating your family is important because it is how you show your appreciation for the unconditional love they give to you daily. Also, taking the time out to celebrate family allows for moments of stress relief, familial bonding, and emotional growth.
From birthday parties to Thanksgiving feasts, anniversaries to graduations, these are all fantastic milestones within families that are a cause for celebration! But, you can praise your family at any time; it doesn’t have to be a special occasion. In fact, there is no better way to show your appreciation, than when it is unexpected.
So without further ado, here are some great ways that you can celebrate your family.
A Family That Eats Together
One way that you can celebrate your family is by having family meals with one another. Taking the time to have a meal together is a great way to celebrate your family. There is nothing better than setting time aside after a long day, sitting down with a favorite family meal, and exchanging triumphs and trials.
Not only can you make eating together an event, but you can also further the celebration by having the family participate in prepping and cooking the meal as well. This way you can take the time to teach family members new skills in the kitchen, discover new recipes together, and maybe form a unique cookbook just for you guys, all while having fun and spending time with one another.
Family Game Night
Getting the family together for a night of playing your favorite games is a fun way for everyone to get together, let loose, and have some reprieve from their busy lives. Whether you are all pitted against each other in a friendly game of UNO or practicing team building in teams for taboo, taking this time to play with one another is a celebration of everyone’s playful nature.
This shows your family that you not only appreciate them in more serious situations but that you also value the times where you can all be completely silly.
Leave A Note
Celebrating your loved ones do not have to be a grand gesture, it can be as simple as leaving a note. Leaving a letter is a small and simple way to show your appreciation through words that can be cherished. Take the time to write out a small “I love you because…” or “You are amazing because…” note, and put a few short words on paper on your favorite part about them. Then, slip it into their lunchbox, their car, or even on the refrigerator so that they can see it and feel loved and appreciated by the simplest and sweetest of gestures.
Technology Free Nights
Take some time to put down the phones, turn off the TV and take a moment to spend quality time with your family without any distractions from social media or your favorite TV show.
While technology can definitely be a plus in celebrating family time, it can also take away from you genuinely being in the moment and appreciating quality family moments. With tech-free nights, you can give your full undivided attention to one another and really take the time to talk about the highs and lows of the week.
Sharing Your Favorite Memories
Finally, one very creative way of celebrating your family is by remembering your favorite moments together. The best way to do this is by creating a photo album or scrapbook, highlighting some of your top times with your family in a way that you can look back on.
Having a physical reminder of the best times, helps you not only serves as a way of praising the best moments but as a way for you to remember these amazing moments for all times even when your family is not physically with you.
If you are looking for an easy way to form a scrapbook or photo book of your family, take a look at Shutterfly. This is a tool that makes it easy for you to pick and choose those perfect moments to highlight in a custom book!
Celebrating your family should not be an obligation, it should come from a place of deep appreciation of understanding the importance of the unconditional love that you provide for one another. By celebrating family, you are also showing respect for the culture and environment that you have all created with one another and continuing to nurture it so that it can grow for generations to come.
Be it big or small, there are so many ways to celebrate your family, and it is never too late to start.
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