1. Family Traditions and Rituals with Donne Davis Wendy Green 45:08

Episode #165 Family Traditions and Rituals with Donne Davis

In this episode of “Hey, Boomer!” host Wendy Green and guest Donne Davis delve into the rich tapestry of family traditions and rituals. Through engaging conversation, they explore the challenges and rewards of adapting and passing down traditions in an ever-changing family landscape. From adapting Thanksgiving traditions to creating meaningful ceremonies, they share invaluable insights into the significance of evolving rituals and the generational aspect of tradition.

Episode Overview

Wendy Green and Donne Davis delve into the challenge of adapting family traditions to accommodate changing family dynamics and new traditions introduced by the younger generation’s partners.

Donne Davis emphasizes the importance of evolving and flexible rituals and highlights the need for buy-in and fun to engage younger generations in the family’s customs.

The discussion includes examples of adapting traditions for Thanksgiving, renewing vows, and creating meaningful ceremonies filled with rituals.

Wendy and Donne explore the significant role of grandparents in passing down family history, traditions, and values, while also staying current with their grandchildren’s interests.

The conversation touches on nurturing rituals, communicating expectations with family members, and the significance of bonding and sharing gratitude with loved ones.


1. Family traditions and rituals are valuable for connecting generations and preserving history and values.

2. Rituals can be flexible, fun, and adapted to accommodate changing family dynamics and interests.

3. Grandparents play a significant role in passing down family traditions, staying engaged with their grandchildren, and inspiring growth and learning.

4. Communication and nurturing rituals are essential for building meaningful connections and managing expectations within the family.

5. Exploring and expressing gratitude together can create powerful and enduring rituals that bring joy and connection.

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Books Mentioned in the episode

  • When Being a Grandma Isn’t So Grand: 4 Keys to L.O.V.E. Your Grandchild’s Parents by Donne Davis
  • Rituals For Our Times: Celebrating, Healing, and Changing Our Lives and Our Relationships by Evan Imber-Black, Ph.D. and Janine Roberts, Ed. D

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