There's a couple of ways you can take in the holiday season. You can be all bah-humbug about it and try to make it disappear as quickly as possible, or you can turn it into something unique and fun that you look forward to.
I actively went from the former to the latter last year. It was a particularly difficult season for me since it was the first one without my mom. Instead of going with my instinct of just ignoring the whole thing and becoming a hermit, I decided to take the season by the reigns and try to turn my experience around.
Being married with no kids, I hadn't really had to create my own traditions before, so I decided to jump in and give it a shot. I took on some of my mom's and also made up some of my own. One of the best things we did was create an experience based advent calendar. My husband and I divided up the even and odd days of December and created little surprises for each other throughout the month. We did everything from attending a quirky Christmas play to making a new festive dinner to holiday drink bar hopping to playing hooky and going to a co-ed Russian spa mid-day.
It was a blast and definitely made us look forward to December this year and doing it all again. Now, I am totally on the tradition wagon since I see how beneficial it can be. I like having fun and interesting things to look forward to once a year. Now I don't want to be a maniac about keeping everything exactly the same forever, so if some traditions fizzle out we can just make up some more as we putter along.
Do you get into traditions? What are some of your favorites? Share below.
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