Connecting Our Past through Family Heirlooms and Traditions (part 2)
You can also start treasuring family heirlooms by creating them yourself. Even if you're unable to find anything meaningful connecting you to your family's past, you can start creating meaningful traditions and collecting heirlooms that will become treasured by family members in the future. Collecting items that are interesting or ones that are collected as a family is a great way to make memories that will be treasured forever. Collecting old books, making family photo albums, or putting together a collection of favorite family recipes are all great ways to connect the past, present, and future together. Much like the Amish, you might want to consider making or purchasing an Amish quilt that can be handed down for generations. Planning a family trip to Amish country will bring the family together for some precious quality time together and can include the whole family in finding the right Amish quilt for the family to treasure always.
Passing on these family heirlooms and traditions is important for children to understand the meaning of family and how they are but one small part of a long and rich history. Remembering where one comes from and staying connected to the past can bring everyone closer together. At some point in our lives, we all wonder where we came from and want to find out what life was like for those family members that came before us. Handing down these family heirlooms and traditions is the first step in understanding and staying connected to our past.
As the Amish have learned well over the years, keeping connected to the past will make us stronger in the future. So, whether you have a family heirloom or tradition that has been established already or your want to start a new one on your own, passing on what we are to future generations can be something that will be treasured by family members a hundred years or more into the future. Who knows, that Amish quilt you buy today, might end up covering the bed of a future family member as they set up their new home on the moon!
Connecting Our Past through Family Heirlooms and Traditions (part 1)