The value of traditions

December is a month of traditions. But what exactly are traditions and why do we find them so important? Traditions give meaning to our holidays. They also give us a sense of familiarity and they make us feel connected to our loved ones. The word tradition comes from the Latin word tradere, which means passing on, handing over and giving for safekeeping. Traditions make us feel connected with each other and connected to our past.

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Although Christmas is a Christian tradition, these days the time around Christmas can represent a feeling of pausing and honoring our loved ones for everyone. Christmas in itself has many well known traditions, such as the Christmas tree, Christmas lights, giving each other presents and singing carols. Some traditions are passed on from generation to generation, but you can always create new traditions with your friends or family. Would you like to spend your Christmas in a meaningful way and possibly create a new tradition? Here are some suggestions:

Sending out Christmas cards

Sending out Christmas cards is an old tradition that feels a little outdated. We associate it with sending out meaningless cards to everyone we know, but we can also see it as an opportunity to write heartfelt messages to the handful of people that are really close to us.

Making mulled wine

Mulled wine is not only delicious, it’s also fun to make. The added benefit is that it fills your house with scrumptious winter smells. Not only that, drinking mulled wine will make you feel all warm and cozy inside.

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Singing carols

Wherever you are, you can always find a place where you can sing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve. It might sound old-fashioned, but there’s just something magical about singing together in the cold with Christmas lights around you and a warm cup of mulled wine in your hands.

Decorating the house

Besides the Christmas tree and hanging Christmas lights you can make your home even more cozy by making your own Christmas decorations. Christmas wreaths are easy enough to make yourself, with branches and decorations that you can get at your local garden center. You can also hang mistletoe in your doorway or make a Christmas garland from dried orange slices. It will make your house smell amazing!

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A potluck dinner

At a potluck dinner, all guests bring a dish to a meal. This way, you have more time to spend together and no one needs to get stressed out from cooking a three-course dinner.