I’ve noticed, this year in particular, how important traditions are. I don’t have many that have remained unchanged over the years. Most revolve around holidays, especially Christmas.
What that does is create shared experiences. Community, when family wouldn’t always be considered friends, and where friends become family. In the absence of community, bonds can fall apart.
That’s why tight-knit families have so many traditions – the traditions are how they became so close.
And it doesn’t take many. Two or three annual occurrences, inclusive and meaningful, are enough to bring a family closer.