The last few weeks of the year typically involve the gathering of family and the practicing of traditions.
Yesterday was Thanksgiving and after sliding pies in the oven I gathered the scraps of dough, rerolled it out, and cut random shapes to make pie crust cookies. Encouraged by my husband, my mother-in-law described to my son how her mother would make pie crust cookies for their family, sometimes even without the intent of a pie in mind, and sprinkle them with brown sugar and cinnamon. With a simple a story my son made a connection to an ancestor he never had the opportunity to meet and now he has that knowledge to pass on to a future generation.
Take time this season to recognize the simple connections we have with the past. Let family know the simple things they do to celebrate holidays are similar to what their ancestors did. Traditions do not have to be elaborate to be meaningful and to make connections. Be sure to record the meaning of your traditions, no matter the holiday. Why are they important to you? How many generations have enjoyed the same traditions? Have four generations made pie crust cookies, or do you have new traditions that help you look to the past?