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A Reflection on Traditions

Because we are in the midst of the holiday season, now is a great time to reflect on what traditions you participate in. From reading books on Christmas Eve with your children by the tree, to eating a special meal with your extended family, to an annual holiday party, to lighting candles for Hanukkah, to going to Mass or a prayer service, to getting together with friends and family, there are many traditions that we partake in.

Traditions can be a beautiful experience that connect us to our ancestors, to the people who came before us. However, traditions can also be stressful, overwhelming, boring, annoying, etc... And that is why it is imperative to reflect every single time that we partake in a ritual about why it is that we’re doing what we’re doing, and if we actually want to do it.

So, take a few minutes to think about what traditions you partake in during this time of year. What are the ones that bring you the most joy? What are the ones that bring you the least? Are there any that you want to leave behind to make space in your life for a new tradition that would be more life-giving? Take time to ponder your reflections and thoughts.

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