It’s October, and the holidays are right around the corner! While I’m sure this brings a smile to some of your faces, simultaneously a collective sigh can be heard from mothers around the world. Along with the holiday season comes commitments. Sometimes these commitments seem stifling, and they interfere with our family time. Are all of our commitments and traditions even worth it?
I would say yes and no. While of course family time is always worthwhile, is it really necessary to visit Aunt Edna’s for a third round of Thanksgiving dinner?
Over the past few years, my family has made several new traditions while shaking off old ones. In doing so, a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I’ve also been reminded that traditions create familiar rhythms within our home, and our children often look forward to these special times.
The very definition of “tradition” speaks to this truth. It is defined as “the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.”
Traditions are transmitted from generation to generation. I’m sure you can remember the traditional sights, smells, and sounds of your childhood. The question is, do you want to pass these traditions to your children? If your family partakes of too many good traditions, how do you weed some out? And where do you turn if you would like to add a few new traditions to the mix? Are some traditions one size fits all?
I hope to answer these questions and more over the next few weeks, from a Christ-centered perspective. As we begin our study, let’s remember that in all things, we should concentrate on the lovely. Nothing else is worthy of our focus! You can find a short video about this topic below:
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
I hope to see you soon!
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