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the holiday season approaches, there are several different frames
of mind in which people find themselves. The simple facts are of
course the same for everyone—on the streets you can observe
lights along storefronts, business buildings and homes. The popular
color schemes in retail environments are red, white and green, purple
and gold, and blue and silver. Santa appears all over the town.
Some of us receive a Christmas card or two in the mail. Traffic
becomes more congested.
But what makes the holiday season enjoyable for most of us are
Christmas traditions. The above observations are cultural and marketing
Christmas traditions, but families, couples and individuals have
their own personal Christmas traditions that make the holiday a
As time goes on and years pass, Christmas traditions go through
transformations just as do lifestyles. While a young couple used
to set up a small tree on Christmas Eve, and place a few presents
underneath that were secretly bought during the past few weeks,
now they have their children help string outdoor Christmas lights
all over the roof and eaves, put up the tree right after Thanksgiving,
and start Christmas months early! A college student, whom right
now spends a mere two dollars on a set of Christmas lights for his
dorm and sends Christmas cards to his parents, will someday fork
out thousands to light up his business chain every season, and take
his parents out for a hundred dollar meal at the most beautiful
and fancy restaurant in town.
Thus, Christmas traditions evolve along with the people that keep
them. Next holiday may call for a completely different schedule
than this one. But never fear, this time of year can never be dull
or lacking in joy, if you find ways to give and cheer. Here are
some alternative Christmas traditions that can extend beyond the
typical scenario. Bring more to December than a severely smaller
wallet and a gorge of Christmas presents!
· Advent. Light a candle for each new Sunday of December.
You can find short, simple readings for each Sunday of Advent, to
give festive food for thought to your family every new week. There
are online sources as well as books and articles available in stores.
· Poetry or quotes. There are few of us who can’t appreciate
wise words put beautifully. Find quotes that you think each of your
family members and friends would like. Write them a poem or find
one that would speak to them quite uniquely. Then print or write
it out, roll the paper into a scroll, tie a festive ribbon round
it, and you will be amazed how welcoming and appreciated this gift
· The twelve days of Christmas! Do something kind each day
of Christmas, and write the deed on a note. Fold the paper up, and
place it in a beautiful, festive box near the Christmas tree. As
each family adds their selfless acts of the season, you will have
a collection of kindnesses that you gave to the world around you
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