Traditions Change for the Better
Every family has wonderful holiday traditions. And every family has some weird holiday traditions. Growing up with my sister, Sue, and brother, Russ the day after Thanksgiving would mean writing our letters to Santa. A tradition that started then and continued through my children’s childhood.
We would get the huge pile of store ads and circulars included in the newspaper and go through them to see what we wanted to include on our gift list. I can remember having a piece of notebook paper with the front and back filled with items. Our kids continued to do the same until they were well into college. I can remember the stress of going to some of the big box stores to find the items and trying to get as many items on the list as I could find.
Time has definitely changed us, or is it life that has made us different? We now want to own less and donate more. Our holiday theme is to simplify and prioritize. Each gift recipient now will receive a gift of health and an experience (gift card for a restaurant, massage, theatre, etc.). What a turnaround since the days of excess!
Our holiday will be quieter, healthier, and simpler. We will slow down and enjoy the time with our family and friends and celebrate the reason for the season. Instead of making lists of things we want, we will think about how we can truly make a difference and help others by donating time and some of our excess possessions. I can’t wait to spend time with my sister, Sue and my brother Russ much like I did decades ago. Through the years we have added many more layers to the gatherings.
Make this holiday your best yet. Remember what is really important. Give gifts that make a difference and donate some of the “stuff” so others might benefit. Time passes so quickly. May your holidays be filled with moments spent with the ones you love, doing things that you choose, and making a difference in the lives of others.