Can You Take a Break from Holiday Traditions?

As I think ahead to the busy holiday season, I would like to know if you might consider taking a break from holiday traditions. Don’t get me wrong – if you love and enjoy your holiday routines and customs, please stick to them.

person’s hand hanging a small paper ornament on a festive holiday table centrepiece

This year, ask yourself if you have holiday traditions that no longer serve you or others. For example, every year, you take out bins and boxes of decorations to decorate every square inch of your home because that’s what you’ve always done. It takes days, and it’s exhausting.

This year, ask yourself if you have holiday traditions that no longer serve you or others. For example, every year, you take out bins and boxes of decorations to decorate every square inch of your home because that’s what you’ve always done. It takes days, and it’s exhausting.

Is there anything you have always wanted to do over the holidays but never have? I have always wanted to take a trip after Christmas. But sometimes, I travel in February, so a December vacation doesn’t make sense during those years. However, because life is short, I want to take advantage of things I’ve always wanted to do. So, I booked a three-day getaway with friends after Christmas. It’s the perfect opportunity to relax for a few days. Then, when I return, I’ll be ready to roll for New Year’s Eve.

Speaking of New Year’s Eve, are you always the person who hosts the year-end party? What if you suggested that everyone go out for the evening instead? Are you always the person who welcomes guests for overnight stays? That’s a lot of work! What if you took a break this year and suggested out-of-town guests stay with someone else? It would take a lot of courage!

There are some added benefits to cutting back on decorating and hosting. For example, you can let go of “stuff” such as excess decorations, dishes, and party ware. That might feel good, especially as we head into the season of giving and receiving. But is giving and receiving necessarily about nicely wrapped boxes of “stuff”? That’s something to think about, too. 

What might you do differently this year? Please share your thoughts in the comments or send me a message.

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