Family Traditions

The definition of "tradition" is the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice. Do you have any family traditions that you enjoy and would like to share with others? If so, let us know and we will share them below!

Carol Zurcher

For about 12 years I have been making family calendars for the coming year. I have done Scrap-booking pages of family photos, some current, some old and had them printed at a local printers. A few years ago my oldest daughter, Kay, started helping me and we have done six pages each and given them to the family. This year we heard about on the internet so decided to go that route and are very happy with the outcome. They are something that each family can keep for years to come.  


Sarah Lampman King 

"Every Christmas before we open gifts, we pass out candle sticks to everyone and then turn out the lights. Then one person starts by lighting their candle and saying what they are thankful for. Once they are done, they turn to the next person and light their candle. We all take a turn lighting a candle saying what we are thankful for this year, and then passing on the light, even the younger ones. Once everyone's candle is lit, we sing silent night. Then we blow out the candles and start opening gifts. I really enjoy it because it reminds me to be thankful for what God has given me and then follows with a blessing of gifts and happy faces."  


Connie Sheets

Over 35 years ago my parents, Jim and Jewel Norris, hung a  small 4” red and green, bendable elf on our family Christmas tree.  After that first year, we continued to hang the elf on the tree every year.  As time passed, the elf became worn and it eventually lost it’s arm.


I thought the elf was gone, until several years later, after I was married, my Mom gave me a box of Christmas decorations and in the box I found the elf.  It was so ugly, red and green hard plastic, with a missing arm that I feared if hung on my tree, it would mess it up. So, when Christmas came around and all my decorations were hung on  the tree, I tucked the elf in the branches so that it would be hidden, not noticeable. 

One day, during the Christmas Season, I was home with our three small children, and like most kids, they were bored and needed something to do. Since I had nothing planned, I asked Tim, Christy, and Shelly to find the elf in the tree. I told the kids the elf was hiding in the tree, and for them to see  who could find it first. It was so much fun watching the kids look through the branches for the elf, that the next year, I hid the elf again, and again the next year, and again each year.   

Today, it’s been over 30 years, and the tradition of hiding and finding the elf continues. Even though the head comes off, and it only has one arm,  and the plastic red and green paint is scratched, it is still fun hiding the elf in our Christmas Tree.  And, Larry and I enjoy watching our BIG kids, Tim, Christy, Shelly, their spouses, and now, my grand-kids find the ugly elf hidden in the branches of our family Christmas tree. 


The Elf

Robin Marshall

My favorite part of the holidays is just being with family.  Our tradition is to get up on Christmas morning to Papa (Randy) making pancakes. These aren't ordinary pancakes but made to order in whatever shape you want. The kids have asked for everything from Micky Mouse to Bulldozers and it is a favorite part of our Christmas day. Opening presents is a process that takes hours. We do it as slow as we person at a time opening...going from youngest to oldest, then by birthday month...whatever we can think of. This allows everyone to  'owe and Ahh' over all the presents. In the afternoon,  we've done everything from cross word puzzles to ginger bread houses. Eating usually amounts to big juicy steaks on the grill and shrimp cocktail! Hmmm ...can't wait!


Allison Lee

We just started this 2 yrs ago with the girls (I actually got it off Jackie).  I wrap all the girls presents in their own wrapping paper with no names on it. They don't know which paper is theirs until Christmas morning when they open their stockings.  In their stockings they will find that same piece of wrapping paper, then they go and find their gifts under the tree. It's fun throughout the month putting gifts under the tree and them not knowing which one it belongs to!!  


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Northeastern Indiana District Church of the Nazarene

1950 S. 350 Main

Marion, IN  46953    (765) 664-8950

Trina Sheets, District Women's Ministries Director