FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
WF awards

Managing The Holidays With Families of Blended Faiths

by Eugenia Lazaris

Dec 8, 2019

Kikovicimg | Dreamstime.com

Travel Tips

As we enter the height of the busy holiday season families everywhere make plans to celebrate together. While many families find the biggest obstacle is juggling how to fairly spend time with more than one side of the family, many families face a much more complex problem — one of not just blended families but blended faiths.

 

The holiday season means different things to different people, especially where religion is concerned. When families of different faiths come together, for example, Christian and Jewish, both sides want and deserve to have their beliefs and holiday traditions honored and respected.

 

Perhaps the easiest part of blending family faiths is holidays usually don’t coincide on the same dates so couples rarely have to fight about whose house to have Christmas and whose house to have Hanukkah. Unfortunately, the rest of the issue is a bit more complicated.

 

Photo: Valentin Jucov | Dreamstime.com

 

The most important part of blending faiths during the holidays is to have respect for each other’s belief systems and customs. We may not initially understand different customs and traditions but by respecting them, we allow ourselves to be open to them and to learn more about them.

 

To help your children understand new ideas and customs, have open discussions with them. Allow them to ask questions and give them honest answers. By teaching them to understand and respect different faiths, you help them grow into adults that approach life with compassion and respect for all of their fellow human beings.

 

A great way to help kids understand religious holidays they didn’t grow up in is to watch holiday movies and cartoons with them. YouTube is a perfect resource for this; there are plenty of videos available to explain different religious, like Hanukkah and Islam, in kid-friendly, easy-to-understand formats that can be extremely helpful. Children’s books are also a goldmine when it comes to teaching. Some great ones are The Story of Hanukkah, available here and Together For Kwanzaa, also available on Amazon.

 

Children are like sponges and are easily adaptable to learning new things. They do, however, take their cues from adults. It is important to set an example for them by accepting and being open to new holidays and new customs. Often times we discover our different religions and customs share similar core beliefs, reminding us religions should never separate us as human beings.

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Destinations / Europe
Jul 21, 2020

Explore the Best of Scotland with a Journey Along John Muir Way

THE START OF A JOURNEY. Apprehension mingles with excitement. What lies ahead? Standing on Scotland’s west coast, we know the bare bones of what we’re facing: 134 miles of hiking, a coast-to-coast traverse of the country. But what will we see along the way? Who will we meet? How wet will we get?

Culinary Artistry

By Hainan Airlines

Destinations / North America
Jul 21, 2020

Beyond San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park draws families from across the country for its many built-in attractions, including the Japanese Tea Garden, the De Young Fine Arts Museum and The California Academy of Sciences.

Embark on a Multigenerational Trip with the Family

MULTIGENERATIONAL TRAVEL IS NOTHING NEW; travelers have taken their kids on vacation for, well, generations. But as our lives and our kids’ lives — and even those of retired parents — become busier, the urge to gather everyone together for shared vacation experiences emerges as a top travel trend.

Destinations / Europe
Jul 17, 2020

For Your Future Travel Consideration: Madrid is for Art Lovers

Few cities in the world offer as much for couples who share a love of art as Madrid. Travelers can choose from romantic hotels a few steps from three of Europe’s finest art museums. Without leaving that same “Avenue of the Arts” they can stroll through a beautiful botanic garden and visit an innovative contemporary art center.