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5 Family Vacation Traditions


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Snagging Souvenirs
Even if you don't have artistic tendencies, the inherent beauty in the little treasures you find will make them lovely conversation pieces.
Even if you don't have artistic tendencies, the inherent beauty in the little treasures you find will make them lovely conversation pieces.
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Photographs are wonderful, if perhaps obvious, vacation souvenirs. And they're great fodder for family traditions, too. During your trip, make a tradition out of each stop. For example, take a photo of your children in front of the iconic marker at each state line.

Don't let the fun end when you return home. You can create a family T-shirt using a photo you took, a design by your resident artist, an annual slogan (like "5th annual Brown family vacay") or a list of places you visited on your "tour." Local or online shirt printers can turn your ideas into wearable, personal souvenirs, or you can use home-printed iron-on transfers to make your own.

If you collected little treasures along your way, show them off instead of putting them in an out-of-sight place for storage. Use a framed memory box to display rows or groupings of sea shells, tree leaves or other objects from your vacation, like the witticisms contained in fortune cookies [source: Martha Stewart]. Seeing the collection will trigger pleasant memories, and creating the visual art may become a family tradition, too.


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