Creating (new) Holiday Traditions
As many of you know, my husband and I live a thousand miles away from our families. While sad and lonely at times - especially around the holidays - it has given us the opportunity to create holiday traditions of our own. But, this hasn't been easy to just start doing.
I grew up celebrating the holiday season with my family and friends and participating in what were mostly my grandparents' traditions. We never traveled more than 10 miles from home and I always woke up in my own bed. Now we're faced with either an exorbitantly priced plane ticket or a 17-hour drive with two dogs in tow only to sleep in several different beds...
Right. So we've been working hard to create our own traditions over the last year and a half, but its been more difficult than I thought it would be.
The other day I asked my followers on social media what traditions they uphold - whether theirs or someone else's. It started out as a selfish request - I was looking for ideas for us, frankly - but it got me rethinking the whos and whys of past traditions and why people tend to keep them.
My husband and I have added a few - Pancake Sundays and Pizza Fridays are just two weekly ones I can name right off the top of my head - but the big one is a Christmas ski trip. We've proudly enforced it yearly since our first holiday season together, but it hasn't been easy. In the past we've scheduled it around our families' traditions, but this year we put our foot down and will be spending Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Eve on the slopes (gasp!) instead of with family.
So, I'll ask the next question, then - what traditions do you keep and who started it? Does it bring you joy? Do you look forward to it?