(NC) It’s that time of the year again: we pick out greeting cards, maybe take a family photo, and open up that box of unique decorations and ornaments.
Other favourite traditions may include putting lights on the house or a fresh tree, or perhaps a reusable one. And, of course, we make plans to visit friends and family to celebrate the holidays and see in the New Year.
This year, why not consider getting to know other traditions, or even creating a new tradition with your family or friends?
Here are three idea starters:
1. Host a holiday dessert party – invite colleagues, friends or neighbours to a sweet potluck where they share and describe their favourite traditional desserts that all can enjoy with a cup of egg nog or mulled cider – and be ready to share the recipes digitally, too!
2. Host a holiday story evening – guests bring a craft, ornament, decoration or photo if it’s too large to bring – and share its story. How did they acquire it, or why did they buy it, and what does it mean to them?
3. Create a new giving tradition – charity gift catalogues like World Vision Canada’s offer a unique opportunity for children to pick a family gift like goats or chickens, or to gift a teacher or grandparent with a meaningful gift like school essentials, crop seeds for farmers, a scarf or jewellery – or a special angel ornament for the tree! Ask children, or help them, to write in the gift cards why they chose that specific gift.
This time of year is so special for so many reasons. Take time to learn the stories behind treats or traditions, and see the holiday season in a new light.
Photo by Nicole Michalou : https://www.pexels.com/photo/family-celebrating-christmas-dinner-while-taking-selfie-5778899/