Breaking and Saving Holiday Tradition


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Country MoonTraditions weave families together and tie generations with one another. They keep fond memories alive and give each family a uniqueness.

Perhaps no other season is as steeped in tradition as the Christmas season. It is a time to reminisce, to remember and reflect. For many, it can also be a time of sadness because remembering brings back memories of those that are no longer with us. Keeping traditions alive through the years gives a sense of continuity, a sense of familiarity amidst change and lets us connect with the past.

Traditions can also be a restraint. Sometimes they become a weight, tying us down by compelling us to do things that maybe have outgrown their usefulness. Yes, this season can present a struggle as to whether to keep certain traditions or not. At least, this is how it is in my world.

I love the holidays. I love what the “reason for the season” is. But, like many folks, I could dispense with all the commercialism. There is no more beautiful music than Christmas carols but, when you have heard them since Halloween, I have seen so many folks turning them off when the season finally gets here.

The same goes for gift giving. People spend way too much on way too little. Do you remember all the gifts you got last year? I’ll bet not, but you do remember the friends and family with whom you shared some special time. So many kids rip open packages and throw the contents aside while they are off to the next one. They just get so much stuff that it is overwhelming and no one gift is special.

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