As we go through the holiday season this year you have looked at what you want and set your intentions. You have then say down and looked at what needs to be done between now and the holiday and started to organise and plan. Now we will pause and look at traditions – what you want to keep, let go of or start.
If you are married, living with someone and/or raising a family traditions can be complicated. Each adult brings along traditions they grew up with, then there are new traditions you may want to start with your own family.
The key is to move forward with traditions that work for you and make you happy, rather than carrying on traditions out of obligation to your past or pressures from others.
Think about previous years and decide what you want to let go of – what did not work? Also think about what was missing – what do you want to add in now?
Traditions need not be elaborate, expensive or time consuming – think about how you can take ordinary moments and make them special by adding holiday twists. Remember little things are often the biggest things in the long run.
Don’t compare to what other families are doing. What works for your family and makes you all happy is what is best. If you don’t want a big tree or a lot of gifts you can choose a more low key, downsized holiday. If you want to travel or stay home, do advent activities or volunteer, have seafood instead of turkey – do what works for you.
Don’t expect perfection. Let things unfold and focus on the positives, the fun, the experience rather than the outcomes.
Challenge this week: Discuss and start to decide what traditions you want to keep, let go of or add in this year. What will work for your family (keep), has caused you stress or not fulfilled you (let go), and what you feel has been missing (add in).
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