As the holidays approach, we reflect on what this season means as we come together to celebrate and build relationships with family and friends. We can’t deny how much times have changed with the pandemic and yet, we are still able to make time to engage in some of our favorite holiday traditions. Whether it’s getting together for a day of sledding and hot chocolate or spending time cooking as a family, holiday traditions help bring us together and create memories that are special to us.
One of my holiday traditions is talking with friends and family to share the things we are thankful for before sharing a meal. There is so much to be thankful for throughout the year, but there’s something about taking the time to really reflect on the goodness of what God has done over the last 12 months with others. We get the opportunity to not only share, but to also see how God has moved in the lives of others that we may not have had the chance to do life with often.
Another holiday tradition my family has is our annual Christmas party on Christmas Eve. We all come together to share a meal and then play the white elephant game. We have one gift, which is the world’s ugliest set of ceramic vases, that makes a return every year and each year the wrapping of those vases gets more creative to prevent them from being obvious and the last thing left on the table. It’s always funny to see what’s wrapped in those boxes. There’s nothing like a good time of hardy laughter with family and friends.
As you go into this season, think about some of your favorite traditions that you would like to engage in. Embrace them all the more this year as we return to a new normal and create new memories with the ones you love.