Starting Fresh: How Do You Create New Traditions?

There are certain holiday traditions that most people follow, but the thing that makes each family unique is the traditions that they have created on their own.

Whenever I think about creating new traditions I always find myself in a bit of a conundrum. The word tradition isn't about the new, it's about the old. It's about maintaining information, behaviors and customs handed down through generations. Now in America most of the family traditions people follow may go back two or three generations. As a kid you light the yule log, play dradel games, make holiday cookies or put the topper on the tree all without giving a second thought as to why.

But when it's time to flee the nest and get out on your own or are faced with life-changing events, you're presented with a choice. Do you carry on those same traditions you have been following most of your life, or do you start your own way of doing things? Soon, other complications arise. You start to share your life with someone else, and they also bring a different set of customs to throw into the pot. And then you may start a family that opens up a whole new chapter that you have to teach to the next generation.

So if you create brand new traditions or Frankenstein together some hybrid of the old and the new, how do you go about it? Do you take some from other people, ones that you've always wanted to do, or do you just make them up as you go along and see if they stick?

Do you have any interesting holiday traditions that you have made up? How have you gone about figuring out what they were?

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Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.

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