We've spent quite a bit of time focused on traditions this past month. I hope you've found some helpful insight and fun ideas you can implement with your own family.
As we wind down the Christmas countdown, remember to keep in mind that traditions are very personal things. What works for one family may not work for another. In fact, that is part of the beauty of traditions. Make each tradition your own in the way that works best for your family.
In Man Shoes, traditions are a focal point throughout the book. The most appropriate story that I share for this time of year is the time when I "shot" Santa. The familial traditions surrounding that story are certainly unique and personal to our family, which is part of why that particular story has become so memorable.
"A tradition is only as good as the joy it creates. Experiencing happy traditions will encourage your children to pass them on to their children." (Man Shoes, p. 170)
If you've been holding on to certain traditions because you like the way they work for another family or because you think it's something you should do, consider if it really creates joy within your family. If it's just another obligation to cross off of your to-do list during this busy time of year and it isn't really creating any happy memories for anyone in your family, maybe it's time to let it go. It's okay to let go of joy-stealing obligations and instead, make room for joy-creating traditions. Remember, easy and simple traditions are best.
Do your family's traditions create joy? What happy traditions are you excited to carry on this year?