Holiday Traditions- You choose!
Ah the holidays. Families and friends begin the rituals of making their holidays cheery and bright. For many people this means fulfilling traditions that have been handed down from year to year. And not just at Christmas time, but every holiday. Thanksgiving, Easter, birthdays, Halloween, and the 4th of July.
Being that this is the winter season, I recall when my kids were young doing the same traditions every year for no other reason than because that is the way we always did it. We always opened gifts on Christmas Eve. We always had clam chowder for our dinner on Christmas Eve and ham on Christmas Day. I always sent out cards, baked cookies, bought gifts, decorated the tree and the house.
I wonder in what ways did these traditions contribute to our celebration of the season. I do know that many of the traditions often brought on a lot of stress as I tried each year to figure out how to fit all of the activity into my hectic schedule. If I allowed myself the option to forego something, I would feel guilty for not celebrating enough and that perhaps someone would think ill of me. Certainly, some of these traditions had the potential to bring joy and fun to the holidays if I could do them in the spirit of joy. My lesson about traditions came to me when...
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