The Tradition Rut

With the Christmas and New Year holidays behind us, we find ourselves reflecting on the traditions that we observed for yet another year.

Often, the way we describe the activities of the holiday period is to start with the words, “We always.” The rest of the sentence may include many of the following: “We always serve ______ for dinner; go to _____; drink _____; invite ____; watch ____; talk about____; and play _____.” After a few years of doing these same things in the same way, a tradition is established.

After a few more years, the warm and comforting sense of tradition may become a dull sense of habit. The unspoken or even unspeakable thought just may be that it is time to consider a few changes. We would never suggest anything too dramatic; just a couple of new ways to enjoy the holidays.

I invite you to bring some fresh ideas forward before planning for the next holiday begins. Change is good and refreshing. Of course, I would never introduce this topic for discussion with my own family and friends. After all, who wants to be accused of committing season treason?

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During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from and on all e-readers. See Follow Bill on Facebook at
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2 Responses to The Tradition Rut

  1. allenrizzi says:

    We mix it up a little every year: Different menu, different dinner guests, different locations and different hours. The one thing that remains constant is our anniversary on January 1.

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