Traditions Are Changing


This Holiday weekend week absolutely killed me. I was a mess, and not in a bad way, but it was a lot. I was dying to get back to my routine after a few days. My brother and niece came to town, and my parents hosted Thanksgiving. I didn't work on a holiday for the first time in nearly five years.

I got to thinking about traditions; how they change and if they're really all that important. My family's Thanksgiving weekend traditions have always been a little wonky. We have the big meal with my mom's family, but there's never really a set place, or even a set meal. If my parents don't host, they'll usually cook their own small "classic" Thanksgiving meal over the weekend. Thanksgiving evening has traditionally been reserved for decking the halls for Christmas, complete with snacks and music and festive feelings. This is how the weekend has been spent for years and years, but this year was different.


I spent all of Wednesday in the kitchen, baking and prepping food, and cleaning up other rooms. On Thursday, as I've already mentioned, my parents hosted, so there wasn't a second meal. It was no more hectic than any other family occasion. My niece is a full grown toddler now, so we were all too busy spending time with her to bother with too much Christmas decorating on Thursday night and all of Friday. We all went to help my grandparents decorate on Saturday, and I was so over it after an hour. The week had caught up on me, and I suddenly understood the appeal of minimal Christmas decor.

This weekend I found myself biting my tongue more so than usual over awful political, social, and environmental opinions when I really wanted to argue until my head popped off. I suddenly realized that my nonchalance about staying in my hometown is hindering me, and I'm not appreciating the good things about this time of year near as much. Although my opinions on Thanksgiving are a whole other matter.


The usual traditions were practically trashed this year, but it wasn't a bad thing at all. I loved spending time with my brother and niece, and though I'm a bit sad that I'm (apparently) not so festive anymore, I feel like I've grown. This weekend has been a learning experience. I have a feeling that Christmas this year will be a lot different as well, and I can't even imagine what the Holidays will be like in the future.

And okay, this sounds really negative, but I don't think it is! I enjoyed decorating with my parents, and I enjoyed spending time with my brother and niece, but there were other factors, and I felt different.

It's time to trash the old traditions and create new ones. My mother told me that would come with adulthood, and she was right. She's always right. At least that never changes.


6 comments:

  1. You make a good point Amber, sometimes traditions can change for the better! Have to admit, I'm a massive Christmas-fanatic and so it's hard to image not feeling 'festive' haha. I hope that regardless of how you feel about the festive season and your traditions throughout December, that you have a really lovely time celebrating nevertheless :)

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    1. Honestly I think it's just straight up depression keeping me from feeling festive all of a sudden. Thank you Gabrielle, and I hope you have a lovely time celebrating as well!

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  2. Hahah right? Mom always knows best and unfortuanetly you have to find that out for yourself, even years after. My mom also tells me that traditions changes as you grow up and seldom is it as obvious as we're getting older when it's the Holidays and you compare to how it's been the previous years. But different is not always bad as you write, it can be good too though it might take longer to get there. Have a lovely week Amber! Xx

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    1. Right? I swear, the older I get, the more I see proof that mother truly does know best. I agree, it's not necessarily a bad thing. Thanks Mia!

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  3. It's always good to change things up. It seems as time goes by traditions change because our lives change.
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