The Book of New Family Traditions (Revised and Updated): How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day

The Book of New Family Traditions (Revised and Updated): How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day

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by Meg Cox
     
 

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Quality family togetherness—everyone wants it, but it seems increasingly harder to achieve. In a world run by cell phones, computers, and virtual networking, the comfort of human connection grows more important— and rarer— all the time. In a guide newly updated for the next generation, family expert Meg Cox offers a solution. Family rituals

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Quality family togetherness—everyone wants it, but it seems increasingly harder to achieve. In a world run by cell phones, computers, and virtual networking, the comfort of human connection grows more important— and rarer— all the time. In a guide newly updated for the next generation, family expert Meg Cox offers a solution. Family rituals provide a sense of home and identity that kids and parents both need. From holidays and birthdays to bed times, meal times, pets, and even chores, The Book of New Family Traditions spotlights hundred of ways to bring the fun and ritual back to family life.
 
 

Editorial Reviews

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Jeffrey Zaslow, bestselling author of The Girls From Ames and co-author of The Last Lecture 
"Meg Cox has a gift for finding unique and heartfelt ways to celebrate and deepen the love within families. This book will make your family life richer."

Laurie David, bestselling author of The Family Dinner Book: Great Ways to Connect With Your Kids One Meal at a Time
"Rituals and traditions make for happy children and happy families. When people look back on their childhood, it's not the big trips or presents that they remember, but the rituals that evoke the cozy, warm memories. Meg has a book full of ideas for how you can create memorable moments for your children...and yourselves."

Bobbi Conner, author of Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun
"The Book of New Family Traditions inspires parents to create their own joyful and comforting rituals to define and sustain their family. This terrific book has hundreds of ideas to make family life more fun and memorable."

Naomi Drew, author of No Kidding About Bullying, LearningPeace.com
"This book is truly amazing! I only wish I had it when my children were young. Meg's wonderful rituals are sure to enrich every life they touch. Her book has the power to fill homes with more connection, creativity, peace and happiness. If there's one thing I could say to parents, it's 'Get it Now!'"

Jennifer Grant, mother of four, journalist and author of Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter, and MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family
"I'm grateful to have discovered Meg Cox's traditions work when my children were very small. Thanks to her, rituals are an integral and cherished part of my family's culture. As she says in The Book of New Family Traditions, ritual not only helps us create wonderful memories, but unifies my family as we negotiate transitions or other tricky times. We celebrate everything from the beginning of the school year to Groundhog Day to winter's first snow in rich and deliberate ways, thanks to her practical and creative ideas. Enjoy this book: mark it up, fold down page corners that spark your imaginations, and use it as a favorite resource. If your copy ends up looking anything like mine, you and yours will be all the happier for it."

Michael Gurian, bestselling author of The Wonder of Boys and The Wonder of Girls
"Writing as both a highly trained journalist and a mother, Meg Cox has produced a rich but user-friendly guide for creating meaningful traditions at every stage of a child's life. Her section on milestones and rites of passage is especially needed, because our culture today is so sadly lacking in meaningful coming-of-age rituals."

Julie Tallard Johnson, MSW, LCSW, author of The Thundering Years: Rituals & Sacred Wisdom for Teens and The Wheel of Initiation: Practices for Releasing Your Inner Light
"I was excited to hear of Meg's new and updated version of The Book of New Family Traditions. The original was already a longstanding favorite of mine both personally and in my counseling work. The Book of New Family Traditions is rich with simple yet meaningful rituals for the entire family. I appreciate how Meg provides ideas from traditions and rituals around the world, and ones that touch a plethora of personal and family situations. She helps us acknowledge and celebrate our lives."

Amanda Blake Soule, author of The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections, SouleMama blog
"The Book of New Family Traditions, long a family favorite of ours, just got even better with the release of this new edition. Chock-full of ideas and inspiration, Meg provides traditions and rituals from all corners of the world for all situations of a family, in addition to guiding us to create our very own. There are ample ways in which to celebrate the special holidays of our year within the pages, but more importantly are the ways she encourages us to celebrate the Everyday in the lives of growing families. Surely it is these ordinary, but special moments spent together in family life that our children will carry into their lives and we - as parents - will hold in our hearts."

Edith Wagner, editor, Reunions magazine
"Meg Cox vividly captures the essence of countless rituals, including the ultimate ritual: the family reunion. Parents will find inspiring specific rituals and celebrations practiced by diverse families, plus the author's 'ritual recipes' for creating meaningful new traditions of their own."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762443185
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
457,578
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Jeffrey Zaslow, bestselling author of The Girls From Ames and co-author of The Last Lecture 
"Meg Cox has a gift for finding unique and heartfelt ways to celebrate and deepen the love within families. This book will make your family life richer."

Laurie David, bestselling author of The Family Dinner Book: Great Ways to Connect With Your Kids One Meal at a Time
"Rituals and traditions make for happy children and happy families. When people look back on their childhood, it's not the big trips or presents that they remember, but the rituals that evoke the cozy, warm memories. Meg has a book full of ideas for how you can create memorable moments for your children...and yourselves."

Bobbi Conner, author of Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun
"The Book of New Family Traditions inspires parents to create their own joyful and comforting rituals to define and sustain their family. This terrific book has hundreds of ideas to make family life more fun and memorable."

Naomi Drew, author of No Kidding About Bullying, LearningPeace.com
"This book is truly amazing! I only wish I had it when my children were young. Meg's wonderful rituals are sure to enrich every life they touch. Her book has the power to fill homes with more connection, creativity, peace and happiness. If there's one thing I could say to parents, it's 'Get it Now!'"

Jennifer Grant, mother of four, journalist and author of Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter, and MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family
"I'm grateful to have discovered Meg Cox's traditions work when my children were very small. Thanks to her, rituals are an integral and cherished part of my family's culture. As she says in The Book of New Family Traditions, ritual not only helps us create wonderful memories, but unifies my family as we negotiate transitions or other tricky times. We celebrate everything from the beginning of the school year to Groundhog Day to winter's first snow in rich and deliberate ways, thanks to her practical and creative ideas. Enjoy this book: mark it up, fold down page corners that spark your imaginations, and use it as a favorite resource. If your copy ends up looking anything like mine, you and yours will be all the happier for it."

Michael Gurian, bestselling author of The Wonder of Boys and The Wonder of Girls
"Writing as both a highly trained journalist and a mother, Meg Cox has produced a rich but user-friendly guide for creating meaningful traditions at every stage of a child's life. Her section on milestones and rites of passage is especially needed, because our culture today is so sadly lacking in meaningful coming-of-age rituals."

Julie Tallard Johnson, MSW, LCSW, author of The Thundering Years: Rituals & Sacred Wisdom for Teens and The Wheel of Initiation: Practices for Releasing Your Inner Light
"I was excited to hear of Meg's new and updated version of The Book of New Family Traditions. The original was already a longstanding favorite of mine both personally and in my counseling work. The Book of New Family Traditions is rich with simple yet meaningful rituals for the entire family. I appreciate how Meg provides ideas from traditions and rituals around the world, and ones that touch a plethora of personal and family situations. She helps us acknowledge and celebrate our lives."

Amanda Blake Soule, author of The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections, SouleMama blog
"The Book of New Family Traditions, long a family favorite of ours, just got even better with the release of this new edition. Chock-full of ideas and inspiration, Meg provides traditions and rituals from all corners of the world for all situations of a family, in addition to guiding us to create our very own. There are ample ways in which to celebrate the special holidays of our year within the pages, but more importantly are the ways she encourages us to celebrate the Everyday in the lives of growing families. Surely it is these ordinary, but special moments spent together in family life that our children will carry into their lives and we - as parents - will hold in our hearts."

Edith Wagner, editor, Reunions magazine
"Meg Cox vividly captures the essence of countless rituals, including the ultimate ritual: the family reunion. Parents will find inspiring specific rituals and celebrations practiced by diverse families, plus the author's 'ritual recipes' for creating meaningful new traditions of their own."

Meet the Author


Meg Cox is a journalist, author, and expert in family traditions, and is a regular on NPR's Parent's Journal. A former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, she now writes for Family Fun, Good Housekeeping, Parenting, and Cooking Light. She lives in Princeton, NJ. Please visit her at megcox.com.

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tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
The title really explains it well. This book is full of ideas on how to create lasting rituals with your family that are fun and unique. The author polled families to find out how they celebrated holidays, milestones and everyday rituals. It also has websites to visit, informational pages about rituals and holidays and ways to work with blended families, adopted children and different family issues. This is definitely a book that I will be keeping. Not only was it interesting to read, I found several great ideas I want to incorporate with my family. I've dogeared quite a few pages as I read through it. I love the author's style and can't wait to check her website. I received this book free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my honest review.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Gift to daughter-in-law who is wanting to start many family rituals and traditions in the new family....this has many hints to create your own!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was first 'introduced' to this book on ParentsDigest and thought - wow, a book that helps develop my own family traditions instead of relying on the old (and somewhat stale) traditions from my youth. I love their suggestions and have already started creating some fun new traditions with my own family.
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SueWags More than 1 year ago
I bought this book and read it cover to cover with a highlighter and a package of post-it flags so that I could refer to it again and again when "that" holiday/event/ritual chance arose. I have given it as a gift several times as well as recommended it and it is always cherished. A beautiful, innovative book that helps you establish your own family traditions.
ParentsDigest_Pam More than 1 year ago
I read the summary of this book on ParentsDigest.com and thought - wow, a book that helps me develop my own family traditions instead of relying on the old (and somewhat tired) traditions from my youth. I love their suggestions and have already started creating some fun new traditions with my own family. Even after reading the summary this was a book I wanted to buy and keep so many good ideas.
Busy__Mom More than 1 year ago
I was first 'introduced' to this book on ParentsDigest and thought - wow, a book that helps develop my own family traditions instead of relying on the old (and somewhat stale) traditions from my youth. I love their suggestions and have already started creating some fun new traditions with my own family.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is about time that the 'return to family values' is focused on, and Meg does a wonderful job of helping the reader understand the importance of family traditions. In this 'new' world of family pressures today, taking time to read this book is a wonderful support to help keep all positive and happy on the homefront!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meg Cox shows how to design fun everyday rituals to connect. Connection is a root of happiness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No matter what type of family you have, even if it's a non-traditional family, this book will open up ideas for you to create your own family culture. In an age where people are becoming disconnected from each other...the ideas in The Book of New Family Traditions can be used in many different communities.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am very happy to have this book. I consult it with each holiday and often implement ideas I've read about. For example, last Thanksgiving, we made a gratitude display, using a lovely vase of sticks and homemade maple leaves with our messages written on them. It was lovely and meaningful. Not only does this book provide me with great ideas it also acts as a springboard to help me come up with my own ideas for new family traditions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I coach people to create greater fulfillment in their life and in the celebration of their life. This book has been one of my primary resources for this work. This important book is full of great ideas for family ritual. It is written in a format that makes it easy to refer to again and again. Meg has written a book that gives you the most important points, so that you can quickly take the ideas and implement them. I have read many books on creating ritual. This is one of the most acessible books on creating ritual that I have read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has become an absolute favorite of mine. Meg Cox offers an abundance of traditions - many I never thought of. Her ideas are often extrememly easy to implement, but can make a HUGE difference. Both my girls claim their favorite birthdays were the ones they had after I read the book and implemented MANY of the birthday ideas. I have now used this book to facilitate a small parenting group and everyone LOVES it. I cannot recommend it enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a mother of four, I love this book. I read it through when I first got it and now refer back to it. My kids love our usual family traditions and love it, too, when we throw a wild card one in. This book is a terrific resource.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most creative on how to invest family life with every day rituals. we might not think of of them as riturals but they are. That's what I like about this book. Gave me new ideas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! I have given it as gifts to friends of ours too. It has some great ideas...and you can use those, or springboard off of them to create new traditions of your own. The traditions vary from simple to involved, but anyone can glean some great new ideas from this book. Meg Cox has a great writing style, and it's a great book to pick up from time to time for inspiration.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for all parents! It is full of clever ideas from cover to cover that will help you to create unique traditions within your family that will be cherished and passed on for many years to come. The touching & heartwarming rituals that Meg collected from families around the world are very sweet . . . and real. I love that is book isn't limited to holidays - there are special rituals you can do with your children day in and day out. They are a huge help with daily routines like bedtime, dinner, leaving for school, and more. They are most important to me because rituals are a simple way to stenghten relationships between family members - they help us to bond and connect with each other. There are so many I want to implement into my household, but here is one of my favorites that I will be doing with my son: 'Gertrud Mueller Nelson gave her kids two envelopes on their birthdays. One was marked ¿New Privilege¿ and the other ¿New Responsibility.¿ A child turning six might be given the privilege of staying up an extra half hour at night and the responsibility of feeding the dog it¿s dinner. This ritual ¿gave them a sense of importance and made them feel grown up,¿ says Gertrud.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meg Cox's book is a blessing! As a busy, working mother of three, I am always looking for ways to strengthen my family with traditions and special celebrations. This book was loaded with fun and easy suggestions that work not only for my pre-schooler but also my teenagers. Thanks to Meg, Summer Solstice is now one of our favorite holidays!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up celebrating many rituals with my family, but they mostly revolved around my mother's religious beliefs. Although I loved, and now missed, the rituals of my youth, I didn't share my mother's beliefs, and imitating her rituals left me feeling like a fraud. I was longing for something of my own, something that didn¿t feel forced or fake, when my sister bought me this book. I love it. I have used many of Meg's ideas over the years. The book is written in such a way that I never felt pressured to exactly follow her instructions. It¿s a place to start. It's about creating your own rituals, and how important it is to make them simple, so you can enjoy them again and again, instead of feeling as if they¿re just another holiday obligation. Thanks Sis and thanks Meg.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book as a good resource for holiday traditions to start with your family. I have a 4-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son. We've enjoyed incorporating many of the traditions in this book into our family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and found it helpful for new ideas and to remember the sometimes obvious ones we forget. It is all special and to be remembered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meg Cox has spent years sharing her passion for creating family rituals and the bonds that are strengthened through them. In this book, she shares more of her ideas for making family and home a special place. We highly recommend this book and earlier titles of hers as well to any family looking for ideas to make sharing life as a family better.