What were the traditions for all the holidays your family celebrated as you were growing up? Which ones have you kept? New ones you’ve created? If applicable, how have you incorporated the traditions of your spouse or significant other?
Traditions are important, but they don’t have to control you. You get to make conscious choices about them.
Like the story of the woman who always cut the ends off the ham before she cooked it. She asked one of her sisters who had always done the same thing, why they did that. The answer was “because Mom always did”. When they asked their mother why she did it, the answer was “because your Grandmother always did”. And when they asked their Grandmother she said, “Oh, I just never had a pan big enough for one of those hams.”
Sometimes we do things just because we have always done them that way without questioning why and considering if it still makes sense for us.
Once you have your list of holiday traditions, mark each one with a 1, 2 or 3. A 1 means – I love it. A 2 means – It’s important. And a 3 means – I could live without it.
Then decide which ones you will continue and which ones it is time to let go of.
“Tradition simply means that we need to end what began well and continue what is worth continuing.” ~ José Bergamín Gutiérrez
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What are your favorite holiday traditions?
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