Yesterday was the first day of Advent (the four week time of preparation for Christmas celebrated in the Catholic church). Today, the first of December is the day Fredward the Elf comes back for a visit, popping up in different locations around the house each morning, often bearing little gifts. This weekend the kids and I decorated the house with our Christmas snowmen and mailed our Christmas cards.
Some traditions that still fill me up with the Christmas Spirit. Often we go through the motions, doing tasks and participating in activities that we have always done without thinking about their purpose, meaning or relevance in our lives.
The past few years I take each Christmas Season as it comes. Honoring the traditions that feel good, right and meaningful to me and my family. Just because we did it last year doesn’t mean we do it this year. I mail Christmas cards every other year, so this year it didn’t feel like a chore, I found joy in the task.
Fredward the Elf is a tradition we only started two years ago and this year the Advent Prayer will be read aloud before dinner instead of staying on the fridge all of December. I find meaning in mixing it up, changing traditions and taking on new ones.
I invite you to look at the traditions you honor during the holidays and ask yourself what feeds your soul as opposed to just going through the motions?
Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, she is passionate about all people, not just mamas, receiving an authentic physical, mental, emotional, spiritual refill. She is also co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com) You can find her on FaceBook, http://www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: http://www.mamaneedsarefill.com)