Maybe a better question is “Which traditions would you like to change?”
But We've Always Done It That Way
Traditions or rituals associated with the holidays may no longer work, or they may bring on way too much stress to be worth it, or possibly there is loss associated with them. We have to give ourselves permission to combine, reinvent, simplify, or even let go of some traditions that do not provide us with quality holiday time.
'Tis the Season for Anxiety
Why do many people feel so much more stress at this time of year? One explanation by Ronald Nathan, PhD, clinical professor at Albany Medical College in New York is “when we think about the holidays, we dwell on the past and what went wrong, or we romanticize it and make it impossible to re-create,” he says.
He counsels people to carefully examine their thoughts and expectations, and not drive themselves crazy finding “the perfect gift” or planning “the perfect party.” Read the entire article for stress reduction tips.
Build on the Creativity of Others
Maybe you’d like a new tradition for a family outing. How about some family craft activities? Check out our webpage for Places to Go & Things to Do at Home.
If you're looking for new ideas for winter holiday cooking try Holiday Baking: New and Traditional Recipes for Wintertime Holidays by Sara Perry. This book covers Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Day. Other recommended suggestions come from Family Fun: 10 New Holiday Traditions.
Reeba Lynn is a Public Services Librarian at the Pacifica Libraries, and has been a resident of Pacifica for 30 years.