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Christmas Traditions

Friday, December 24th, 2010

As Christmas is a day away, I’m thinking about Christmas traditions and how they evolve over a lifetime.  Life is constantly changing, but it’s comforting to know that some traditions follow us throughout our lifetime.  

Many favorite Christmas traditions include:

  1. Singing “Silent Night” at Christmas Eve candlelight service. 
  2. Sending and receiving Christmas cards. 
  3. Decorating the Christmas tree and putting out a Nativity scene or other beloved decorations.  
  4. Watching Christmas movies; including “White Christmas”, “Miracle on 34th St.”, and “A Christmas Carol”. 
  5. Listening to Christmas music.  We can still hear all our favorite songs from our childhoods, including “The Chipmunk Song”!
  6. Baking Christmas cookies and other special recipes that have been passed down through the generations. 
  7. Shopping or making gifts for loved ones. 
  8. Wrapping presents. 
  9. Driving around looking at Christmas lights.   
  10. Spending time with family and friends on Christmas day.  

So no matter what transitions you are going through in your own life, there are always some Christmas traditions that you can continue to enjoy.  Depending on where you are in your life, why not:

  1. Keep the old traditions that make you feel good.
  2. Take a break from or stop traditions that don’t work for you.
  3. Start a new tradition that fits your current life.

Since life is busy and it’s so easy to forget about our good intentions, take a moment to think about the Christmas traditions you’d like to have next year and in the future.  Make a list of everything you do, cross off those items you’re through with, and add a new tradition or two.  If you don’t want to stop a tradition, perhaps you can make some minor adjustments.  For example, if you always wait until the last minute to shop or make gifts, plan ahead and start early.  Whatever isn’t working, try something different.  Christmastime should be enjoyable, not a season to dread.  So have a very Merry Christmas!