5. Celebrate Old and New Ways
Family traditions are wonderful and can offer comfort and joy to a homesick heart. So even when we can’t be with everyone we love, we can still celebrate in our favorite ways.
Also with today’s technology, we can find ways of celebrating traditions with family and friends, such as opening gifts and singing Christmas carols together, via video calling.
It’s also good to be open to celebrating in new ways so the joy we experience in the holidays isn’t so tied to past traditions that we can’t enjoy new ones.
Because we couldn’t spend most holidays with our parents, siblings, and grandparents, being apart helped us learn how to enjoy the holidays wherever our family was located, to see the beauty of the holidays wherever we were living.
Over the years we’ve celebrated in Florida’s warm, balmy climates set among lighted palm trees as well as on Alaska’s frozen tundra under skies decorated with the Northern Lights. In Hawaii we walked among red poinsettias planted all around us.
All these experiences we would have missed if we hadn’t opened ourselves up to new holiday traditions.
Lynette Kittle is married with four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenting, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today’s Christian Woman, kirkcameron.com, Ungrind.org, StartMarriageRight.com, and more. She has an M.A. in Communication from Regent University and serves as an associate producer for Soul Check TV.
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