Selling the family home to downsize provides the perfect opportunity to pass on family treasures and heirlooms to loved ones. Farewelling a home that holds so many memories is also a time to reflect on the family traditions you have treasured together over the years.
Heritage is not always measured in tangible items. It’s also the legacy that continues in the form of unique traditions that strengthen bonds and bring a sense of identity and belonging to your family members.
Some traditions may be rich with meaning and significance, occurring around special events such as birthdays, Christmas, weddings or times unique to your family. They can be a way of passing on your cultural or spiritual heritage too. Many traditions involve creating memories with extended family, providing an avenue to connect generations. Knowing that certain activities can be anticipated in this ever-changing world, brings a rhythm to the seasons of life, and can also provide comfort and security. Other traditions may be simpler and form parts of your everyday life – but don’t underestimate the impact of these activities!
You can be the first to create a new tradition that your children and children’s children will enjoy for many generations to come. A tradition is simply an activity or ritual that is repeated often enough for it to be anticipated. It generally differs from a routine or habit, because it is performed intentionally with a specific purpose.
Some ideas to consider when you gather together are – cooking a favourite dish and passing on the recipe to family, playing cards and board games, or telling stories from your childhood. Don’t assume that younger family members just want to occupy themselves with technology.
Providing other opportunities such as starting a collection, doing crafts, or cooking together can be a great way to create new traditions and wonderful memories, as well as spending quality time together. You can also pass on values, such as considering others by performing an act of kindness to someone who cannot reciprocate.
Another great way to preserve family traditions is to take photographs, which also allow people to reflect on the memories that have been created. Family traditions should be shared with future generations to keep a sense of strong meaningful family connection.
This Christmas holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on the wonderful memories and treasured traditions you have enjoyed over the years. Remember to share them and pass them on!
**May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year**
If you are contemplating selling your home, please give me a call to discuss your plans. As a trustworthy real estate professional, specialising in property sales for older people, I’m here to help you achieve a great result without the hassle and stress often associated with selling a home. Contact me today, Heather Abbot, Gold Coast’s Seniors’ Real Estate Specialist – ph. 0417 001 186 for an obligation free appraisal.