Family Traditions Shared From Generation To Generation

It’s almost that time of year– the holiday season! This is by far my favorite time of year. Right around now, I love to grab a nice hot peppermint latte at Starbucks, Nat King Cole’s  “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” is playing softly in the background, and everyone is festive. Holiday time in Montreal is so beautiful. We have the snow which adds such a vivid dimension to holiday time. It’s cozy. In fact, I walked by Ogilvy’s with the boys just last weekend (a department store in downtown Montreal), and they already had their Christmas window up!

Family Traditions Shared From Generation To Generation

Yesterday, I was talking to the great peeps at Kleenex, and we were chit chatting about our plans for the Christmas holidays. Because the Kleenex Cool Touch program (which I so proudly am the Brand Ambassador for) is all about softness worth sharing, we somehow ended up on the topic of sharing family traditions, and what holiday traditions have been shared, and passed down from generation to generation.

I started reminiscing about the Chanukah traditions we had in our home, and the girls shared their Christmas traditions too. But more specifically, a tradition that almost EVERY Friday night as a little girl, I slept at my grandparents’ apartment. At only 10 years old, Dallas was my favorite show on TV. Yup, I was always mature for my age. 😉  I vividly remember the 7th season cliffhanger– Bobby Ewing dying in the hospital (later to be resurrected. Ugh). No, my mother would NOT let me watch Dallas, but my “bubby” did! We would kick my grandfather out of bed– he’d sleep on the den sofa, and my grandmother and I would watch Dallas together, religiously, 9PM Friday nights on CBS. It was a tradition for years. And that tradition has been been passed on, and my boys now often sleep at their grandparents’ Friday night.

Another tradition that has been passed down, is my nightly bath. I remember growing up, my mother religiously taking her nightly bath, candle, and yummy smells permeating from the bathroom. I laugh, because my boys know that mommy NEEDS her nightly bath to relax. I also light candles and add yummy lavender smells. It’s amazing how traditions get passed on and shared.

So, today’s post is all about sharing, and passing on traditions from generation to generation. It’s also dedicated to sharing an inspirational message with a loved one, who perhaps you won’t be with this holiday season. Send those you love a message and share pack online at, and you will get to try new Kleenex Cool Touch FOR FREE! It’s all about who can spark the longest sharing chain! So far, 261,000+ people have shared inspirational messages!! Very cool.

Family Traditions Shared From Generation To Generation


I’d love to know, what family traditions have been shared and passed down in YOUR family? What do you hope to pass down to YOUR own children? Share those right here…


PS -Stay tuned for a Kleenex Twitter party coming in January – win a winter’s worth of Kleenex Cool Touch!!!

Disclosure: I’m proud to be a paid Kleenex Brand Ambassador for the Softness Worth Sharing Program.

  1. Our Xmas family tradition is that the kids come running downstairs Xmas day in their pyjamas to open their presents and we let them stay that way all day long. They love it.

  2. We light the menorah with the kids every night and they get a little present for 8 straight days. We haven’t missed a day yet. I loved your story about Dallas. I also remember watching it when I was little.

  3. Every year my family and I go, peppermint hot chocolates in hand, strolling through “Candy Cane Lane”- our cities holidays light installment. It’s so fun and I cannot wait to have a little family of my own to continue with the tradition.

    And my friends- my chosen family- and I have our own Christmas; where we gather after our respective family gatherings and share a few festive tipples!

    I love this time of year! All year I am thankful for my network of friends and family; but during this time, when everyone is home for the holidays, we all make a point of spending as much time together as possible!

    Happy holidays Erica!

  4. I forgot to write, the tradition I most hope to pass onto my kids and preserve, is that Friday night, no matter what has happened during the week, we sit down as a family and have a meal together. It’s the one night I know everyone will be together, and it’s the highlight of my week.

  5. As a christian, there were many traditions namely the exact same meal only prepared for the 24th that included both french & eastern european recipes to reflect both parents ethnicities – we all now do the same meal for the kids. We would also all go together to see (in awe!) the Ogilvy’s window – thanks for the picture!

  6. We usually have cinnamon rolls for breakfast while opening presents. We leave the wrapping paper all over the floor for a while; our pet rabbit loves to play in it and nibble on it. Great fun!

  7. Erica one of my favorite family traditions is our Christmas Eve dinner with 7 fishes.. The entire family comes together at my in-laws house and the feast begins!

    Appetizers of course are usually steamed shrimp, stuffed mushrooms with crab meat of course since we are a 4th generation mushroom farming family! Fried smelts with fried crunchy hot peppers. My crab and shrimp balls, cheeses with different yummy dips.

    Dinner we will all sit down in 2 rooms that open up so we can all see and share in the crazy Italian conversations going on! Don’t worry about the 2 rooms, Italians are loud enough to be heard across the street if necessarily! We feast on Holiday Wedding Soup, King Crab legs, sauteed scallops, fried shrimp and crab cakes, and of course linguine with red clam sauce!

    If that isn’t enough, dessert arrives after we sit like big round lumps at the table for an hour after dinner, just too packed to move! More extended family and friends come to share in our celebration, they pack the house even more! Our dessert menu are different pies, cakes and cookies while listening to my niece play Christmas Carols on the piano as we sing along! Of course the bar is open the entire night and laughter and giggles fill the house!

    Just our typical Italian traditions in The Mushroom Capital of the World!! Ciao Bella and Happy Holidays my friend!! xoxox

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