As we celebrate Christmas in Canada this year, let’s all take a moment to appreciate the greatest gift of all – families getting together to share warmth, companionship, and good cheer. Especially today, with 2016 heralding prospects for more stress in hectic times of change and economic uncertainty, we all ought to stop to think about the importance of family, what it means to each of us, and the trends that shape our perceptions of it.
Let’s remember, family members – from parents and children, to grandparents and grandchildren – used to live together year-round.
We ought to wonder why over the past half a century or so our world view of the family has narrowed so much.
There’s rise in multigenerational families. They’re discovering a comfort zone that comes from living together.
Family budgeting certainly figures strongly in the picture, with parents helping adult offspring survive.
In a moving but unsentimental way, Pam Woody tells of what it was like to live in a multigenerational household.
“We made the most of occasions to work and play together. We had so many opportunities to tell stories …”