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What’s Wrong With a Little Tradition?! by Suzanne N. Stangland MA, LPC

There are lots of things to look forward to this time of year!  Gift-giving, parties, decorating, and spending time with family, to name a few.  And these are all great; however, one of the things that make the holidays even more meaningful are the traditions.  In a world that tends to spend so much effort breaking traditions sometimes what is needed is to slow down and remember the simplicity and consistency that traditions can offer, many of which point to the true meaning of Christmas! 

Making Memories

What are the traditions you remember as a kid? What did you like about them? Did the holiday feel like it was missing something if the beloved traditions were absent?  Well, it’s never too late to resume them. There is something magical about knowing these treasured moments will persist. 

Traditions often enable clear expectations and offer comfort in knowing that intentional moments will happen. People can often get to know each other better in the silly traditions in addition to the more serious ones. Traditions become the things that transcend the changes that are inevitable, and allow people to revisit what they have held dear for so long.  No matter the loss, the scenery change or the faded memories, the traditions someone held can always bring them back and serve as a rekindling of the joy they have felt.

Setting New, and Remembering the Old and/or Lost Traditions

So, as you enter this holiday season are there traditions you would like to begin?  Here is a list if you need help with a few:

  • An Angel A Year For Christmas
  • Sing Christmas Carols In The Neighborhood
  • Christmas Dinner With Family
  • Decorate The House With Christmas Lights
  • Making Christmas Cookies/Treats
  • Secret Santa
  • Driving Around Looking At Christmas Lights
  • Watch Favorite Christmas Movies
  • Read The Christmas Story Before Opening Presents
  • Open One Present On Christmas Eve
  • Going To A Christmas Eve Church Service
  • Open 1 Ornament Each Morning For The 12 Days Leading Up To Christmas

Suzanne N. Stangland MA, LPC