As we approach Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it has me thinking about traditions. I spend the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving thinking about my favorite holiday activity: what book I’m going to read.
My little tradition
Since I am not the host for my family Thanksgiving (or perhaps not a very good guest), I get a lot more downtime than some people. Once we’ve eaten our big dinner and taken our naps, while everyone else is huddled in front of the TV rooting for their favorite college football team, I sneak away to a quiet room to read. There aren’t many times during the year that I can spend hours on end devouring a good book from start to finish, but for me, Thanksgiving is one of them.
By definition, the holidays are a time of traditions. Many traditions are common, but it’s the personalized traditions that really create the sense of close friends and family that make up a holiday. One of my sister’s traditions is giving each of her daughters a book first thing in the morning when they wake up on their birthday. I love the idea that reading is a holiday tradition. Reading is one of my favorite indulgences on any of the major holidays, and the tradition began with my parents. In addition to eating, napping, watching football, and shopping, I always saw my parents sitting down with a good book. Even in a household of nine children, a recipe for chaos, there were quiet moments when everyone was tucked in a corner or chair with a good book.
Now it’s your turn…
So this Thanksgiving, take a few moments to incorporate reading into your family tradition with your children. Things can get pretty hectic during the holidays. Set them up with a lifetime of good habits and a few moments of quiet, imaginative peace. Give yourself a moment to escape from what can sometimes turn into holiday madness and read a book. It might just become your favorite tradition.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Early Moments and Hooked on Phonics!
And a quick reminder, if you’re at a loss for stories to read together this year, our book clubs will help you start a collection of high-quality tales you’ll save and pass down from generation to generation. Or for the littlest of pre-readers who are just starting on their journey, this would be a great time to download our Learn to Read app and get them excited about reading over the school holidays. Reading is one of those activities that family members of all ages really can enjoy together, so we’re happy to be a part of building family reading traditions!