A Twist on Tradition
One thing we love at this time of year is TRADITIONS. From when we decorate to making sugar cookies, we love our traditions.
Several ladies and I at church yesterday were discussion traditions and what things we do in our families at Christmas time.
As we shared I realized that over the years some of the things we did when our older children were young have changed, and we no longer do them. We have replaced them with new traditions.
I've learned that sometimes we try to hold on to certain things "because it's 'TRADITION'" and not because it is something that works for us as a family anymore.
Sometimes, you just can't find the time in the busyness of daily life to do them, or perhaps your kids have lost interest or perhaps the family dynamic has changed.
I say that it's okay! Let the tradition change, if only for one year even. We need to give ourselves the freedom to choose what works for us and doesn't work for us as families.
One tradition we've had is to make sugar cookies and use color sugars on them. We've made them with my grandmother, we've made them with friends who have lots of little ones and we brought the dough and the sprinkles and lots of big hands to help little ones have fun! That was a great blessing to us all - the kids had a fabulous time! You can see my post about it here.
Will we make our traditional sugar cookies this year? Only if the kids ask, and really feel a need to do it. I am okay with this twist on our tradition, and don't feel the need to do "ours" as well.
It all is part of keeping Christmas simple, enjoyable and as Cheryl, and the Nester say, "Uncomplified."
We are enjoying this Christmas season without stress which is what we all need.
So, what about you? How is your Christmas season? Are you doing any twists on tradition? I'd love to hear about it!