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

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Running Press, May 22, 2012 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages
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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.  

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User Review  - sheherazahde - LibraryThing

It tries to be interdenominational. It has a few Jewish rituals, and Kwanzza, as well as rituals for the big Christian holidays. But for pagans there are rituals for the first day of spring, May Day ... Read full review

The Book of New Family Traditions: How To Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day

User Review  - Julianne Smith - Book Verdict

In this revised edition of her 2003 title, Cox (The Quilter's Catalog: A Comprehensive Resource Guide) strikes gold again with a book every family can appreciate. Defining a family ritual as "anything ... Read full review


Why Does It Matter So Much?
Everyday Rituals 35
Mom and Dad AwayfromHome Rituals 55
Chore Rituals 79
Weekly Family Nights 113
Family Festivities and Ceremonies 131
Summer Vacation Rituals 151
Family Reunions 158
ComingofAge Rituals 179
Holidays 201
Snow Day Rituals 212
Thanksgiving 248
Winter Solstice 260

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About the author (2012)

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

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