Day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas
Traditions Provide Comfort and Joy During the Holidays
Holiday traditions often provide comfort, joy, and beautiful memories. Traditions offer stability and a valued connection to family. As long as you remain flexible and allow that some years may change slightly or even a lot from traditions, you will be able to relax and enjoy the Holidays. Avoid perfect holiday syndrome (not sure if that is really a thing or if I just made that up). To me, it is when you are attached to perfection and portraying the ideal family and ideal Christmas. Life rarely measures up to the ideal. Decide ahead of time that you will enjoy, relax, ask for help, accept help, and be flexible.
The year I moved from Wisconsin to Colorado and left all of our extended family, we traveled back for Christmas. It was great seeing people, but very hectic. After that year, we decided it was important to stay in Colorado. We would still travel to see family but not at Christmas. It was hard at first, to create some new traditions, but it all worked out. Part of letting it work out was letting go.
There are traditions we have created as a family in Colorado and some that I have loved and enjoyed all my life. Our traditions are in a state of change as well with grown children and significant others enter the picture. My goal is to not put pressure on my kids or have them worry if they can’t make it home for Christmas.
Some of my favorite holiday traditions:
Giving. I put money in every single Salvation Army bucket I see. I love donating blankets for homeless people. And I feel extra generous with tipping people in the service industry.
My Blog. I cherish doing my 12-day blogging event each year during the Holidays.
The Music. From Handels Messiah to contemporary songs like Mariah Carey’s, All I Want for Christmas is You, my favorite tradition is the music. My Sirius XM satellite radio is set on the holiday channels. I also like the classics. My favorite song is O Holy Night loving (Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, and Josh Groban’s versions). And also Luciano Pavoratti and Placido Domingo’s duo of this song always brings out a few tears. Pretty much everyone loves the movie and song, White Christmas. The songs take me back to memories of caroling with my parents and attending Christmas programs throughout the years.
Church Services. My favorite is the candlelight service on Christmas Eve when the lights are dimmed, everyone is holding a candle and we all sing Silent Night acapella together.
Christmas Lights. For the past couple of years we have enjoyed the lights at the Blossom of Lights at Denver Botanical Gardens on York Street (see pic below). We also love driving through neighborhoods and enjoying the lights.
The Tree. I put up several different size trees in my home.
The Stockings. Filling stockings with fun items is a joy. Christmas chocolate, cologne, jewelry, socks, hats, gift cards, are some things that may find their way into a stocking.
The Food. Homemade Christmas cookies are the best. Sugar cookies with frosting, rum balls, peanut butter balls, and fudge are a few yummy ones. Christmas Eve, we make appetizers, soup, and desserts. Christmas day morning- breakfast burritos, mimosas, and cinnamon rolls, then Christmas dinner is normally ham, asparagus, roasted Brussel sprouts, potatoes, with pecan pie for dessert. However, this year, I am cooking a roast instead. We enjoy delicious wine with dinner and host between 8 and 12 people.
The Drinks. Tom and Jerry’s. It is a batter that is available everywhere in northern MN and WI, but almost impossible to find in Colorado. It has to be special ordered. The recipe I like is half shot of rum, a half shot of brandy, a cup of hot water and a large spoonful of Tom and Jerry Batter. Don’t stir, leave the batter on top and then sprinkle with nutmeg. Sip the drink through the batter which becomes foamy when it touches the hot water.
Shopping and Wrapping. I love picking out gifts for people and I shop the stores as well as online. My kiddos love American Eagle, the Gap, Dick’s Sporting goods. Kohls and Amazon are shopping favorites, too, because there is something for everyone. Another tradition is shopping small business. I like supporting local small business. Some years I love wrapping presents and create an elaborate theme. Other years, wrapping feels exhausting and I just get gift bags or decorated boxes.
Opening presents. We open one present on Christmas Eve and the rest of the gifts on Christmas Day morning. I send presents to my parents, my kids out of state, and my in-laws.
“I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another…it’s about kindness.” Carrie FisherClick to tweet
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