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The Book of New Family Traditions – Review AND Giveaway!

Photobucket When you start thinking about it, every family has rituals and traditions – from saying grace before a meal, to the bedtime ritual of bath and bedtime story, to special rituals for holidays handed down from generation to generation. The Book of New Family Traditions:  How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day was written by mother, step-mother and step-grandmother Meg Cox.  First published in 2003, this is the updated version released just a few months ago.  I was thrilled to be able to receive a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

My first impression when I received my package in the mail was “wow, this is a big book”!  It’s a large book and it’s thick as well.  Its 288 pages are printed on nice, thick paper stock, designed to be thumbed through over and over again.  And it will be!  I love this book and I wish I had it back when my children were babies!  There are great ideas for building traditions and rituals for all ages within your family, from babies to teens.  I will be going back to this book regularly – whenever a special event or holiday comes up or when those winter doldrums set in and I think we need to “mix things up” a little.

Meg shares her own family’s as well as other family’s rituals for:

  • Every Day
  • Family Festivities and Ceremonies
  • Holidays

One of my favourite ideas, which I plan to get started in our home is “The Daily Family Almanac” – Write each date of the year on 365 cards and write down not only birthdays and anniversaries, but also anything notable that happens on those dates as the years go by, such as special moments in family trips, etc.  I’m going to have my 8 year old daughter help me get this started – she’s going to love it!

But there aren’t just ideas for rituals, there are also great ideas on how to use technology like smart phones to increase your family fun.  And there are great website suggestions, book suggestions, and even craft ideas.

I highly recommend Meg’s newsletter, which I’ve already been getting for years – you can join her mailing list and find the links to her Facebook page and Twitter HERE.

The Book of New Family Traditions retails for $18.50 Canadian.  You can find it at Amazon or at your local bookseller.  And Meg was generous enough to provide a FREE copy for one of you, my readers (Canadians only please, this is one heavy book to ship)!  Giveaway ends Monday, August 27th at Midnight Atlantic Time.

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Kimberly is a homeschooling mother of two living with her dear husband of over 25 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She works from home as a homeschool coach and offers OBM, writing, editing, social media, and tech services. In her free time she likes to hand-spin, knit, read, volunteer in local theatre, and horseback ride.

13 thoughts on “The Book of New Family Traditions – Review AND Giveaway!

  1. This book sounds fabulous- I could use some fresh inspiration for creating meaningful rituals for my family. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. This looks like a great book. I think we get so busy with life we forget how important the predictable is. I certainly look back on childhood and think of the rituals..those seem to be the things I really remember. I would love to win this book:) I did everything above…lots of chances!

  3. This looks like a wonderful book. We love to find ways to bring in old family traditions from both sides of our family and throw in a bunch of new P-T traditions too. Every day there should be a reason to celebrate, live in the moment, honour the past and respect the future. Thank you for bringing this book to our attention, hopefully we will win it…and if we do it can be part of a new yearly celebration!!

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