Holiday History and Traditions

Barbara Joye - The Shift Guru
Barbara Joye – The Shift Guru

For the vast majority of us, the holidays bring to mind events and traditions from our history. Some of the events are delightful to remember and some can be downright difficult. Some of the traditions are worth retaining and some we retain simply because it is easier then to explain why we don’t retain them. All in all, the holiday time is a time of more reflection and regurgitation than most. 

And why not…where else in our culture do we hold a great deal of tradition? Where else do we reflect upon our upbringing and the family dinners and the holiday trimmings that we each grew up with. Sure there are other family traditions – perhaps a 4th of July picnic or a New Years Day football tradition or perhaps even a Memorial Day gardening event that we remember from our childhood. And, still, for the vast majority of us, this is the one time of year when we can know that the individual sitting next to us on the train or driving in the car next to us has some of their own traditions to remember – some in awe and some in dismay. 

These traditions and memories and how we relate to them tell us a great deal about who we are now – as adults – and how we hold our beliefs around the holidays. What memories do you cherish? What memories do you avoid? And what beliefs about family and tradition and the holiday season affects you in December and the eleven other months? 

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3 Responses to “Holiday History and Traditions”

  1. Tim Loomis Says:

    I am excited this year as I am getting together with my Mom, my siblings and my daughters… The tradition of stockings on Christmas morning is being relived this year… Very exciting!!!! The stockings are a wonderful memory for me…

    Thanks Barbara for reminding me of my blessings… Tim

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