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Traditions: Keeping the Old and Making the New by Bill Immel, LPC

Traditions, we all have them. They are the special things we do with family and friends during the holiday season. The “big three holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s all come within a sixty-day window every year. Making it exciting, and at times overwhelming. If you have children, you know that some holiday traditions are naturally outgrown (i.e. riding Santa’s train at the mall). But some traditions can carry on for a long time like watching the special holiday movies, sitting around the fire pit, or playing board games, etc.

I would like to propose possibly beginning a new tradition this year. It could be anything that connects the meaning of the holiday with the theme of gratitude. This is fairly common at Thanksgiving when we go around the table each taking a turn sharing something, we are grateful. A new tradition could be feeding the homeless on Christmas Day, or volunteering at church for a Fall family night event. It could be bringing gifts to the Safe Shelter or giving out blankets to the homeless on New Year’s Day. Just see what your church or favorite social services agency is planning and get involved, you and your family will be blessed in return. Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season full of new traditions!

By Bill Immel, LPC