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Don’t let Tradition Ruin your Holiday Cheer

Now don’t get me wrong I LOVE traditions. They are comforting and a beautiful connection to the people of the past as well as the present.

But things start to turn bad when traditions go from how I get to celebrate with others to having to meet expectations of those traditions. AAAH!

Don’t let this happen to you!

How you ask?

By staying in the present. I know you hear that all the time but here’s how it can make a big difference to your holiday celebrations.

Like with all the things we do in our life picking up the kids, working, driving or even running for the bus it’s our choice of how we want to think of it or what we make it mean about us. You can choose to see things as what you ‘get’ to do in life or look at it as what you ‘have’ to do. And to remember that requires being in the moment, recognizing what you love, value and cherish like family and traditions. It’s widening your focus to the bigger picture. When usually we’re focused on a fraction of that bigger picture stressing about the things you need to do in the future or worrying about what you’ve done in the past.

Step back and hold a bigger frame up to your life that includes more than your fleeting, momentary emotions and incorporates all of who you are.

So when you’re running around shopping for gifts and food to create that perfect traditional family Christmas, hiding in your room to get away from the chaos or cleaning up after guests staying for the holidays, before you let someone have a piece of your mind remember why you’re doing this. The bigger why. Because giving from our heart feels good, no one and nothing is EVER perfect and having connections with family and friends is what keeps us going.

What have you got to lose?

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