I absolutely love traditions, especially Christmas traditions. This time of year feels full of wonder and hope. Something we could all use more than ever this year. It is a time of celebration and remembrance. A reminder God keeps His promises, even if they come in unexpected packages, like the year he sent a swaddled babe.
This time of year can easily become chaotic and stressful. Adding extra holiday activities and chores to our already full plates. Choose traditions that encourage the wonder, that fill you and your loved ones with the hope we have as believers.
When my husband and I first got married and had kids, I became eager to start our own traditions. There was nothing wrong with this per se, but I tried to implement too many, or I became frustrated when they didn’t go as planned and others didn’t enjoy them as much as me.
Choose traditions that complement the season, not complicate it. One tradition I kept because it was a favorite of mine growing up, is allowing our kids to open one gift on Christmas Eve, and spoiler alert, it is always pajamas.
Don’t feel as if you must try everything or have to do it all. When I think of old-fashioned, I think of a simpler time, a slower-pace. Create a space within the Christmas Season to breathe, slow down, and be intentional with the ones you love.
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