Shake Up Holiday Traditions and Make New Ones! Sass Ashe Has Some Great Ideas!!
Many times holiday traditions are passed down from generation to generation. We are expected to so specific things for the winter holidays such as go to church on Christmas Eve, have a ham or turkey dinner on Christmas day etc. But do you ever get tired of the tried and true traditions?
What if you don’t want to get up at the crack of dawn on Christmas day to have a family breakfast before opening presents? Guess what…there’s no law against changing traditions! After all every family has different ones anyway, why not come up with something that works for you! I asked several people about their holiday traditions and found that what make people “feel” the holiday spirit varies wildly.
While turkey and ham are known as the perfect holiday foods there are some families who consider spaghetti or steak to be Christmas dinner. Heck one year my dad decided that we were going to cook on the grill for Christmas. We had burgers and hotdogs with all the fixings and it was wonderful!
Brisket is a popular holiday choice in Texas and it’s not unheard of to have seafood for a holiday meal! You can even explore traditions from other countries and try a delicious Mexican Posole soup.
Do you open presents on Christmas eve or Christmas morning?
My family always allowed the kids to open one at night and then the others in the morning. At my house we do things a bit differently and usually open everything late on Christmas Eve so we can sleep in the next morning and then deal with the holiday dinner.
The holidays are stressful enough, you should be able to enjoy the actual day without worrying about time constraints.
One wonderful tradition that I’d like to adopt is that everyone in the family has to give one hand made gift. This gives a wonderful personal touch to the gift and I’m sure the recipient of that gift would treasure it much more than a store bought gift. I haven’t quite got the teenager convinced and I’m not all that crafty myself. But it’s an idea.
A good friend of mine decided that she won’t be doing a Christmas tree this year. Instead her family donated a tree and all the decorations to a family that wouldn’t have a nice Christmas otherwise. They are also delivering a Christmas dinner to the family. The holidays are what you make them, peace on Earth, goodwill toward men. See what your holiday spirit leads you to do this year.
While you may have some argument from staunch family members who believe in the passed down traditions you can always implement changes slowly and before you know it your kids and grand kids will be using your new traditions and trying to find ways to shake them up as well.
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Sass Ashe has been a contributing to blogs and websites for several years. When she gets to take a break from working and parenting her teenage son she enjoys watching WWE and having a few drinks of quality bourbon.
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Thanks to Sass Ashe for some GREAT ideas on how to make your holiday traditions your own. You may be totally happy with what you currently have. If so, that’s great. However maybe you want to tweak some things- I certainly have been (a lot this year). If you have changed anything this year, please comment back to this post, to LA-Story’s facebook page (please like us there) or hit me on twitter.com/lastory
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