Creating Meaningful Christmas Traditions

an invitation to start a new family tradition by participating in the christmas eve meal for the homeless at McKendree.

Meg Cox, the author of The Book of New Family Traditions, defines a family ritual as “any activity you purposefully repeat together as a family that includes heightened attentiveness and something extra that lifts it above the ordinary ruts.” postcard-4x6Family rituals (especially when connected to a special holiday) can strengthen family connections and bonds; these shared experiences allow family members to connect more intimately and emotionally.  Traditions and rituals often tell a story about a family. When they  are reflective of the family’s values, the message is even stronger (“this is something that we believe in, together.”).  Family traditions offer the makings of positive childhood memories; these lasting memories become part of a person’s core and have been shown to help make children happier and more generous adults.

This Christmas season, McKendree United Methodist Church would love to include new volunteers and helpers in making their annual Christmas Eve Meal and celebration a huge success.  Over 300 displaced and homeless guests will enjoy a home-cooked meal reminiscent of an old fashioned Christmas dinner— turkey and dressing, ham, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, and pie.  We will sing carols, children will help hand out gift bags that include survival items for life on the street, and folks with mingle and laugh and experience the joy of Christmas, together.  If you would like to learn how you can join in this meaningful celebration, please contact Cindy Ligon at






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