Rethinking Christmas Traditions
I have been working on the Holiday Grand Plan
and one of the weeks they have you question the values, activities, etc. that make Christmas important to you. We have a large family, 10 children, grandchildren, spouses, parents, etc. I thought by now I knew all the Christmas traditions that they loved.
But some things that I thought were important; to my family were not. So use this time to talk over with your family and you may find out some of the things that you are wearing yourself out over are just not that important to them. So I am rethinking our Christmas traditions; to keep or change?
Changing Christmas Traditions
You may find that they don’t want to go to the Nutcracker every year but would rather stay home and make snowball fights.
That they want to use (gasp!) decorated paper plates for Christmas rather than china.
Find out Their Favorites
That your youngest daughter’s 2 favorite things are caroling to the neighbors and bringing them cookies and having the family picture taken for cards. (Now that is strange. Have you ever tried to get 10 people to match, not let anyone get dirty before we leave, all the hair and make up done, we have 7 daughters. It takes hours and we haven’t even left the house yet. Then get everyone to smile at the same time.) And this? is her favorite thing? Strange bird.
That your other daughter’s favorite is the Grinch Night (more to come). And she hates going to the Live Nativity. Except for the hot chocolate and cookies.
As They Grow
You might need to change Christmas traditions as your children grow up and what was once fun is not now. Or rotating some and doing them every other year instead of every year.
So we are making adjustments this year. I am trying to simplify a little so I can enjoy Christmas as much as the rest of my family.
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