I bet you thought this post would be about politics, huh?! (It's gonna be a crazy day out there!) I guess, in a way, it is. More like family politics, though. More specifically, it's about transitioning traditions. Or, traditions, transitioning. Oh, my. However you want to put it, it's not an easy thing.
My family is currently having to make some tough decisions about longstanding traditions as this holiday season approaches. I'm sure we are not the only family having to navigate through changes that will affect the holidays. So many things happen to all families over time. Maybe part of the family has moved away and it is just not logistically possible to be together. Maybe a divorce upset the routine. Maybe there was a death in the family. Maybe the family just grew apart. Maybe the family grew too large and it just doesn't make sense for EVERYONE to get together for one gathering. Or maybe it grew too large and there were just too many people with differing opinions and personalities and it's just not fun to be together anymore. Maybe it was a combination of all of the above. There are SO many things that affect a family over the years. Change is, ultimately, inevitable. One lesson that experience has taught me, though, is that change is not always a bad thing. Over the past 12 years, my kids and I have had to deal with divorce, death, the kids growing up and moving away and many new family members coming into the mix. We are all too familiar with change. It's not always easy, for sure. But it definitely isn't always bad and can, in fact, be a good thing. Even, sometimes, a wonderful thing.
For us, this year, change will lead to simplicity. Ahhhhhh. Simplicity. The older I get, the more of this I want. Even though I hate it that things have to change, I'm also really looking forward to having much more simple holidays. In any case, I'm just trying to focus on the good memories that were made with my family over the years and move on to focusing on the new ones, yet to be made.
What about you? How have you or your family dealt with changing traditions? I would love to know.
I've come across a few quotes on the subject lately, which help me stay positive :) It makes the changes a little easier. Right?!
And a link to a song that says it all, really. Way beyond just changing family traditions. Listen to it here.
Have a great week and GO VOTE today! Juli
P.S. Happy, Happy 76th Birthday to my dad today! Love you, Dad!