WHAT’S IN A TRADITION?
The Best Holiday Traditions
The holidays are full of traditions. People everywhere pull special decorations from storage, break out their grandma’s famous eggnog recipe, or make plans to see “It’s a Wonderful Life” at their local theater. There are certain things we do every year without fail. Is it just because we’re creatures of habit, or is there a deeper value to traditions? Personally, I value traditions because they bring me back to my center: my family. Life can be hectic and overwhelming, so we need to remember why we do what we do. Nicole and I spent some time developing personal and business core values, and the main value revolved around family. My favorite traditions involve spending time with the people I love.
Finn and Harlow picking their favorite Christmas tree!
example, my recent daily intentions have been, “I’m going to be more patient,” and “I’ll make sure my wife feels loved today.” This tradition helps us find our center and gives us insight into what our family members are thinking about each day. Another family tradition, and one that happens to be our favorite, is something Nicole and I make sure to do every night. When we put Finn down for bed, we ask him for a topic of the day. He’ll tell us about his favorite event that happened, and we make up a song about it to sing him to sleep. It’s a simple thing, but I think it’s pretty awesome, and it brings us closer as a family every day. At the end of the day, traditions don’t have to come with a great deal of pomp and circumstance to be worthwhile. Making gingerbread men every Christmas Eve while watching “Elf” is a fantastic tradition, but so is eating pizza on Fridays during family movie night or reminding your kids to appreciate nature during family walks. If a tradition helps keep us grounded with what we value most in life, then I think it’s a tradition worth celebrating.
Personally, I value traditions because they bring me back to my center: my family.
As Nicole and I decorated for the holidays, we reminisced about where we were this time last year. Harlow was just a little nugget who couldn’t move around by herself, and Finn was still practically a baby himself. Now, Finn is going to preschool and Harlow has started walking and talking! People grow and change so fast over the course of a single year. It’s a reminder to stay present, because you never know where you’ll be next year. Of course, traditions aren’t just meant for the holidays. My family practices smaller traditions that remind us of what’s important in life. Each morning over breakfast, we share our daily intentions. These are personal focuses for small goals we intend to achieve that day. For
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