No matter what holiday you celebrate, the season always seems to pass by so quickly. The eight days of Hanukka rush by in a blur, the longest night of the year comes and goes, Christmas presents are opened and dinner shared, and before you know it the New Year has started! It can feel so overwhelming: there’s so much expectation about what the holidays should be like, that sometimes we’re unable to enjoy our own celebrations.
That’s why this year, I suggest you take one day (that is not the day of the holiday itself) to enjoy at least one of the traditions you enjoy. Be it decorating gingerbread houses, having a stay-in Christmas movie day, or spending the day with family, just allow yourself one day to savor the holidays. It’s okay if you can’t take a full day off work or school to take part in these traditions; even just spending the evening making memories with family and friends is enough to make the holiday season feel meaningful and memorable.
I listed some suggestions above, but other ideas include going ice skating, decorating your house for your holiday of choice, making a traditional meal, performing an act of service, spending a day outside in the snow, visiting semi-distant relatives, doing drunken Christmas karaoke, or really anything else you can think of!
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?