Evaluating Traditions #5TTT

Hi all,

I adore traditions. They make me feel warm and cosy inside. They bring an instant sense of comfort and joy, that everything is the way it is meant to be.

During the festive period traditions are heightened. I don’t know about you but my December is full of them, starting from the opening of my advent calendar on the 1st of December. It’s just the way it is done, right?

From advent calendars, watching Muppet Christmas Carol as we put up the Christmas tree, going out for a meal on Christmas Eve, certain decorations being in certain places in the home and on the tree, stockings on Christmas morning, listening to Christmas FM every day to making Christmas treats, I could list my traditions until my hands hurt from typing!

But when we moved to Australia things changed. For one the season changed! No more Gluhwein at the Christmas market. No more snow (or snowmen). No more Christmas Carol concerts. No more Christmas shopping down the British high street. No more family. And my heart still pangs the most with that one.

So we had a opportunity, change things up the way we want them. Introduce new traditions, ditch old ones, really evaluate which ones mean the most to us and which did not. For this weeks 5 top tips I bring to you questions that you can ask yourself regarding the traditions (holiday or otherwise) that you have in your life. Too often we find that there is so much to do and so little time, so let’s stick to the good stuff!Traditions

Why do you do it?

Ask yourself this simple question – why am I/we doing this? And no, ‘because we always have’ is not an answer. Can you imagine the season without it? What would happen if you didn’t do it?

Does it make you happy?

So you have a reason, but does it make you happy? Does it fill you with happiness/ a glow/ those little butterflies in your tummy? Does having this tradition in your life bring a big smile to your face year after year? I can also understand that maybe for you it isn’t a deal breaker but for someone else it is. And seeing them smile makes you over the moon happy. To those of you out there, this is perfectly fine!

Does it serve a purpose?

Sometimes traditions are more practical. Maybe it’s the Christmas dinner or going for a walk afterwards (we all know how much we need that… or a nap!). So it’s not so much a happiness factor but a sensible tradition that ‘get’s things done’. But do you have those traditions that you struggle to squeeze in? Ones you have to force into your calendar? Does your mind wonder towards your ‘to do list’ when you are doing them? Maybe time to rethink.

Anything else excite you?

Ever looked at someone else’s December and wish you could do that instead? Feel overwhelmed by the amount of current traditions with no room for new ones? What intrigues you? Going out for Christmas dinner? Taking a Christmas shopping weekend away? Going to church on Christmas Eve. How could you make this happen? Never be scared to try something out. If it doesn’t work or feel right you can change it up next year.

What about the others?

You know what you want. But what does everyone else like to do? Maybe other members of your family would like to change it up. Maybe they simply do what is always done because they think that’s what you want. Pose the question to your family – what is a deal breaker when it comes to our traditions and which ones could you take or leave? Then what would you like to try? Sounds exciting right?

I would love to hear what some of your traditions are!

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4 thoughts on “Evaluating Traditions #5TTT

  1. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says:

    Does it make you happy is a GREAT one! We do that with Thanksgiving. No turkey for us!

    This will be out third Christmas together, so we’re still sorting out our traditions. Vegas play the Charlie Brown Christmas album in its entirety EVERY morning. She also switched us to Santa coffee mugs. We always open a bottle of champagne to decorate the tree with.
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    • Jen says:

      I have Christmas FM (an amazing Christmas radio station based in Ireland) on permanently right now… as of December first all music is Christmas music! Ha!
      And isn’t it exciting to still be establishing your traditions together? We used to do mulled wine while putting up the tree… but the heat quickly put a stop to that! Maybe should switch to sangria….

  2. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets says:

    I go home to Buffalo for Christmas every single year. Last year, we only made it Christmas Eve because the Hubby worked Christmas day. This year, we’ll go late night on Christmas Eve after he gets off work and return 24 short hours later. It’s all worth it though to spend the holiday with my family.

    My traditions include the decorating, Christmas cards, watching The Sound of Music, baked goods for the neighbors, and soon to be cookie decorating. I’m looking forward to doing them all with Ave. It’s a totally different thing to see it all through the eyes of a toddler.
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    • Jen says:

      Meg, I would go home right now for only 24 hours if I could. I completely understand why you make the journey every Christmas even if it is only for a few short precious hours.
      And I know that each year from now on it’s only going to get more and more exciting for Ave!

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