I’ve previously discussed other fun activities that you can have with your grandchildren inside or outside your home.
Grandparents Sharing Family History, traditions and cultures as soon as your grandchildren can understand and appreciate the family history.
Yes, keep alive those stories that you have heard, your parents and great-grandparents lived or created, and experiences that they had during their lives.
Make it interesting and short, since you can continue this discussion the next time your grandchildren visit. You will find that this will become an important part of your time together. The kids will probably beg you to tell them more about your family heritage.
My husband is first generation American with Italian parents that moved here after they were married. They went through the doors of Ellis Island, portrayed in this photo, to gain admittance into the new world of freedom and hope for a new life!
He will want to teach them about his proud heritage and what his parents taught him as they lived in New York, the melting pot of America. He will share memories he has with his sister, Nina. He will want to cook and eat Italian foods with them.
With my husband being a retired Naval officer and history teacher, he will keep them interested with wonderful stories of American history, his Navy experiences, and of course, his travels!
He is educated as a mechanical engineer and he will teach them how to use a hammer, screwdriver and all other tools he has in the garage. My husband will want to teach them how to construct a box or bird house. He will continually have fun activities for grandchildren.
My parents were both from Texas and I too will share the loving spirit that they taught me.
However, my grandparents and great-grandparents traveled by wagon train to get to Texas from Tennessee and Mississippi. Very hard times walking or riding in a covered wagon to get to our beloved state of Texas where land awaited their arrival!
I encourage my family members to continue attending our annual Rogers' Family Reunion celebrating 60 plus years.
I will share the Rogers' Family Cookbook created for our family members! These recipes include the family name who donated the recipe and any special remembrances of the food. This cookbook also includes pictures of our family through the years.
We also have a scrapbook that was made for my Mom, Nana's 90th birthday. We will share those pictures of Nana, Ampa, her husband, and other members of our family during a surprise birthday weekend in Fort Worth, Texas. Nana has pictures of where she grew up, the two-story school building where she attended school, and pictures of her parents and family. So glad that we have these memories.
I only have one picture of my father as a young man. When he was young, his family home burned twice. Then our family home burned the year I graduated from high school.
All these are important in creating a family history for the twins.
I have a video of my son interviewing my Mom, his Nana approximately 17 years ago. It was a 4th grade class assignment where she was to tell him about her young life and important topics that she remembered during those times.
Also, she discussed how difficult it was to live during World War II and the Depression. She remembered how cheap groceries and gas were during those days. She remembered holidays and toys that she played with her brother. She also discussed various food that was shared at the meals throughout the year. She recounts killing a chicken she had helped to raise by wringing it's neck for Sunday dinner!
Wonderful memories for all of us since due to beginning stages of dementia she may not be able to remember those times now.
Foods are usually a part of the family history and traditions. I know that my son-in-law will want to share the German recipes and many of his Mom's familiar recipes that he enjoyed as a child.
Below, you will find a pictures of foods that I often cook for my husband including holidays and celebrations.
Always cook lasagna, meatballs and spaghetti or other Italian foods for my husband at all holiday and celebrations!
At Christmas, I tend to decorate each room with a theme including a unique Christmas tree and quilts to accent that area.
This was our first year in our new home and I had to re-evaluate my decorating theme in each room.
In our family room and kitchen, my collection of Santas were displayed everywhere!
Other rooms were decorated with a Winter (snow) themes, Moose, Bears or Snowmen. All these rooms also have trees and quilts.
Our grandsons were baptized when they were seven months old on Easter Sunday, 2012.
It was a family celebration and was held in a small, quaint chapel at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church in Flower Mound, TX.
A special message was read and the boys were each baptized and given a certificate, baby blankets from the congregation embroidered with their names, date, the church name with the Cross and Flame logo.
This was a very special day in my Mom's life. With her great-grandson's baptism, it was the fifth generation of her own family to be baptized in the Methodist faith in North Texas.
Grandparents Sharing Family History is so important! Please complete the form below to share your family traditions?
Grandparents sharing family history with your own grandchildren is so important to continue our family heritage or cultural values. What traditions did your family continue from your grandparents? What is your favorite food? What have you experienced in your family and career? Do you want to include these in your family traditions? How have you shared your favorite holidays with your kids and grandkids?
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