Tracing Tradition

The Thanksgiving holiday is over and my guess is that your Christmas decorating has already begun. As they say, it is the most wonderful time of the year. I personally love this time of year because of how it brings people together. Traditions are such an important part of Christmas. From Christmas movies to lights, these are just a couple of things that make this season so wonderful. After all, the Christmas season is a celebration. We celebrate the birth of a Savior and the ones that mean the most to us.

Traditions are what keep the holiday season alive and well. The tradition most noteworthy for most people is the Christmas tree. In addition, the ornaments are also an important part. My mom still uses ornaments that were handmade by my brother and I when we were young. These little details are what makes Christmas so memorable.

Furthermore, traditions come in all shapes and sizes. Everyone does things differently but the fact that that tradition belongs to you and your family is what makes it special. Maybe your family’s tradition is going shopping in the wee hours of the night on Black Friday or watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Christmas Eve. Or maybe, it is singing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” at the top of your lungs.

No matter what your traditions are, as you gear up for the Christmas season (tomorrow is the first day of December!), remember to focus on what is most important. When you shop, think about all of the smiling faces you will see opening the presents. Don’t think about all of the crowds you are having to fight through. Although, I know that is easier said than done. Think about the real meaning of Christmas, the people you love most and all of the wonderful things that make Christmas so magical.