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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (April 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762414421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762414420
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Meg Cox is a journalist, author and expert in family traditions. A former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, she writes for a wide range of magazines including Family Fun, Good Housekeeping, Parents, Cooking Light and Worth, and her corporate clients have included Pillsbury, Hallmark, and Merck & Co. Cox lectures frequently and writes a monthly newsletter on family rituals. She currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband and son.

More About the Author

Since I left the Wall Street Journal in 1994, I've been free to write about my passions. Those include quilting and family traditions. My latest book is a revised edition of The Book of New Family Traditions with twice as many rituals and celebrations as the 2003 original. Thousands of families loved the first edition and there is loads more to love: 15 craft projects, fresh ideas for using tech tools like smart phones in your rituals, and lots of new traditions, from house blessings to problem-solving rituals. Celebrate your tribe with fun, easy traditions from hundreds of families across the country. A section called Ritual Recipes shows how to invent your own traditions from scratch. Find out more at www.megcox.com

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tracy H. Smith on May 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book of new family traditions is so reader-friendly and so comfortable to pick up and browse that I can hardly get my copy out of the hands of my co-workers...The presentation and style are perfect for the topic and the information presented is easy to digest and creative enough to encourage our own ideas on the topic. This book is ideal for new parents but even us older parents of teenagers. This should be on the bookshelf of every one who cares about family or has one and wants to celebrate that special and loving relationship!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2003
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I love this book! I found it at the library, and now I have to buy my own copy. It's got a variety of ideas for everyone- for example, for Winter Holidays- traditions for a Solstice Celebration, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa. And ideas for all ages from toddler/preschool age to graduation. And, most importantly, it explains why rituals are important in building a strong family- what the elements of a successful family tradtion are, and how you can create your own.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Mom on June 5, 2003
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This book is filled with so many wonderful ideas it's actually uplifting to read. And as you do, you get the feeling that no matter how busy your life is, there's a family ritual that's just right for you. If you want to discover simple, practical things you can do to enhance the texture of your relationships with your children, this is the book to buy. Meg Cox's creativity, vision, and committment to families ring through on every page.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 25, 2005
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This is the perfect book for a new family or the perfect and a very unique gift for baby showers and weddings. Traditions are so important in molding our family identities. The author knows that its more than just the 10 big holidays - Meg Cox encourages all of us to celebrate Everyday by adding traditions and rituals to our lives!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2003
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Meg Cox's latest book is a winner! Culling from interviews with families nationwide and from her own astute observations, Cox shows us how rituals can strengthen our family bonds, can help to ground us (especially helpful in such uncertain times as these have been) and can provide us with meaningful memories. Just as rituals add pizazz to daily life, Cox's book brings a fresh and vigorous perspective to the body of literature on the subject of tradition. Brimming with stories and tips, wit and wisdom as well as colorful illustrations, this book is tantamount to the Whole Earth Catalog of rituals. A creative way to teach good values.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diana L. Mercer on December 16, 2009
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This is such a needed book....I actually had an outline to write a similar book myself and as part of my competing titles research I found this one. I've been a divorce lawyer/mediator for 21 years and perhaps the hardest part of the whole divorce is figuring out how to move on.....how do you celebrate Christmas when you don't have your kids on December 25? How can you redefine the holiday to be more than that, and even perhaps on a different day? This is really tough, and I know that parents do a lot of grieving around this issue.

I love that the book has specific instructions and lots of step-by-step as well as illustrations. I've watched clients who've been through a divorce struggle and by the time the divorce is over, they're out of ideas and energy. The 1-2-3 approach in this book can help even the most exhausted or depressed parent get through those first few holidays. And for those who aren't struggling to that degree, the ideas are fun, creative and different.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina S on May 20, 2010
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I had high expectations for this book after reading the reviews on Amazon. I'm happy to say that I definitely was not disappointed! This book is fantastic! It has rituals and traditions for every family -- religious and secular. The topics covered include birthdays, back to school, holidays, pets, family nights, and many more. Just a wonderful, wonderful resource for all kinds of families.

My only very minor complaint is that there were A LOT of religious traditions. I would have liked to see some more secular traditions. But even still, many of the religious rituals could be modified for the secular family. Really a fantastic book!
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