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Everyday Traditions: Simple Family Rituals for Connection and Comfort Hardcover – 1 Sep 2006

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Topics include daily dinner and other kitchen rituals, preserving family history, creating memories, building family identity, fun and meaningful celebrations, seasonal activities, friendship and leisure for busy mothers, and much more. Lushly illustrated and containing scores of simple ideas, this book also contains pages for the reader to record and develop their own favourite family traditions.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Traditions for every day of the year! 13 Oct. 2005
By C. Foley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I originally looked to this book to help me find ways to make the holidays more meaningful and memorable for my children. We live across the country from our extended family, so there really are NO big family get-togethers. I did find ideas for creating holiday traditions for our little family, and so much more.

Each chapter of this book is full of ideas for creating special moments with the special people in your life. There are ideas for bedtime, mealtime, birthdays, seasons, holidays and more. It is really a compilation of ideas from dozens of women who share their personal stories and customs. There are lots of resources suggested if you want to learn more about a specific tradition. The final section of the book is a workbook area for recording your own family traditons.

If you are looking for ideas about how to make every day extraordinary, this book will not disappoint. Buy it, share it, you will love it!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
a surprising diversity of ideas to counter the hectic pace of life 17 Nov. 2005
By Reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am a voracious reader who generally donates books to the library upon their completion, but with "Everyday Traditions" I'm making an exception. It is a book I expect to return to time and again. It is a book of ideas, so many and so good that I know I'll never contain in my brain all that it contains in its pages, so it's earned a slot on my small bookshelf. While many books will enrich your life while you read them, how many will enrich it in the days, weeks, and years that follow, and maybe even into the lives of your children and their children? This book truly offers this if you embrace the simple premise that many of our mundane tasks can be transformed with a minimum of added flourish and a different approach of attitude.

The book is divided into large chapter categories dealing with rituals of memory, season, food, friendship, etc. Though family themes predominate, it is NOT a parenting book, because it deals with relationships which extend in all directions: parents, partners, friends, siblings, and yes, children. Within each chapter is some narrative by the author and examples drawn from her own experience, but also there are numerous and diverse ideas from many contributors. And for the cosmopolitan-minded, approaches to tradition and ritual from other cultures are included. Thanks to the very clean organization of each chapter, if certain ideas simply don't interest you, you can easily skip over them, making this an enjoyable cover-to-cover read if you choose to approach it that way. Alternatively, you could just go to an area of interest and peruse the possibilities in short order.

Finally, as icing to the cake, the author is an accomplished artist who has illustrated the entire book, so it will please your eyes while leading you into new ways of expanding your life and those around you.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
practical and inspiring 7 Dec. 2006
By Cathe - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a really cool book full of ideas for traditions and rituals for your family. There are suggestions for daily or weekly rituals like family dinner, reading together, family meetings; seasonal rituals like spring planting, summer relaxation, fall festivities and cozy winter traditions; as well as annual ideas for birthdays, anniversaries, and honoring the departed. Atlas also includes a section on friendship rituals including dates with friends, starting a women's book group, and my favorite - the lost art of letter writing. There are so many little tidbits that you'll be inspired to create your own special traditions that your children will remember and want to carry on.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"Everyday Traditions" is especially recommended for those just beginning to be a family, 6 Mar. 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The 2006 Grand Prize Winner of the 14th Annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards, "Everyday Traditions: Simple Family Rituals for Connection And Comfort" by Nava Atlas was written for parents wanting to create within their own families those simple, meaningful familial traditions that once were commonplace, but in our increasingly industrialized, urbanized, technologized, fragmented lifestyles are becoming a thing of the past. In "Everyday Traditions", Nava draws upon illustrative personal stories of many women to show how even today, ordinary family routines can be embellished to create celebration, fun, and remembrance for all family members. These little traditions can include daily dinners and kitchen activities, activities preserving family history, ways of building family identity, and more. Of special note are the wonderful illustrations embedded throughout, the scores of simple and 'user friendly' ideas to apply to any family, as well as pages set aside for the reader to record and develop their own favorite family traditions. "Everyday Traditions" is especially recommended for those just beginning to be a family, and for those wanting to reestablish their family bonds weakened by the conflicting demands of modern society upon the various family members.
Unoriginal, Simplistic Family Rituals 27 Feb. 2013
By Michelle - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book could have been written by my ten year old cousin. The book had no new ideas, nor was it helpful in coming up with any ideas of creating everyday rituals for the family for any kind of connection or comfort - maybe because the writer's ego was in the way to the point I couldn't even stomach seeing it in my home.

I gave the book away to my mother to store at her house - because I know she doesn't read.
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