Hope :: Holiday Traditions

Our mantle and fireplace decorated for Christmas morning with garland, stockings, trees, and lanterns

Hello, beautiful readers!

Yesterday in the United States was Christmas, and today marks the final day of Hanukkah and the beginning of Kwanzaa. In less than a week, parts of the world will be celebrating the ending of one year and the beginning of another.

No matter what you celebrate (whether or not it’s any of the holidays listed above), I’m sure you have holiday traditions. Oftentimes, these traditions are introduced to you from birth, with a few new additions as you’ve grown up, but things have mostly stayed the same.

Things started looking a little different for my family as we kids grew up, moved out, and started our own families and journeys. The lifelong traditions we had practiced were no longer fully practical because it had become increasingly impossible for us to all stay in our parents’ old house and wake up together for the celebrations.

As different members of our family have left this world, it’s changed the traditions even further. Things don’t look the same and we don’t go where we used to.

But do you want to know what hasn’t changed?

The love. Our family has lost some mighty pillars and our age-old traditions are being slowly transformed, but we are still celebrating the same cause (in our case, the birth of Christ) and we are still family.

So what does all of this mean?

I’ve written about change before and that it’s inevitable, but that it doesn’t mean it’s bad.

Traditions became traditions because they worked for a season, but shifting into new traditions doesn’t mean you’re forgetting the past: it means you’re making space for the new to grow and prosper.

Don’t be surprised if your holidays start to look different. As long as you keep the heart of the celebration at the center, everything else will fall into place and be exactly what you need.

Happy holidays to everyone out there, and may God bless you all as we navigate life’s transitions.

Brittany Stonestreet signature with Dove

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