Reviving Christmas Traditions
December 09, 2010
Christmas is only two weeks away, just around the corner really. For the last few years, I haven't done much in the way of holiday decorating around my little home, but this year I decided the time had come to break out a favorite tradition.
Growing up, one of my favorite daily Christmas activities was turning on the Christmas lights. We had some outside around the living room window and then the ones inside on the Christmas tree, of course. My sisters and I would wait all afternoon until dark, and then whoever remembered first ran to switch on the lights.
This year, I decided to bring the tradition of the Christmas lights to my own home. I have made some changes to the tradition, however. For one thing, I vetoed the "You have to wait until dark to turn on the lights" rule. I decided that I wasn't home enough to keep that rule, so if I feel like having the lights on, they're on, day or night. The Christmas lights have been more fun for me than I thought they would, and neighbors have stopped me a couple of times, saying how much they are enjoying them too.
My advice to anyone finding themselves a little short on Christmas spirit this year: give new life to an old family tradition. Maybe, you have a family recipe for Christmas cookies. I bet there is a little girl in your life who would jump at the chance to spend time with you and learn your secrets. Maybe, there is a widow who lives around the corner that would love to have the chance to help decorate a real Christmas tree again. Reviving old traditions can not only bring back happy memories for you, it can help create memories for others that will last for years to come.