I love Christmas. There’s a special joy that just permeates everything this time of year. One of the things that makes this time of year special for me is the traditions.

We make goodie boxes for neighbors, newspaper carriers, and postal employees.

Christmas Eve our son opens one gift.

Christmas morning is breakfast, then gifts, then birthday cake while singing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

We have many other traditions. It’s interesting to look back over the years and see how traditions changed, evolved, or developed. The traditions in my home are different from the traditions I grew up with. There are traditions that we’ve done away with over the years because they no longer served any purpose for us.

Traditions can be a very good thing. They give us a sense of stability and belonging. They can also add a lot of work and stress. There’s nothing wrong with taking a look at your traditions and deciding which ones are still meaningful, which ones can be adapted to suit you better now, and which ones can become simply fond memories.


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