Saturday, December 24, 2016

New Beginnings

Families tend to be predictable in their holiday celebrations. Rigid with their traditions, each Christmas is a repeat of the year before. Gatherings are always at the same house, games from the previous year are duplicated, and similar gifts are given. Plus, someone is inevitably sent into a tailspin if a distant cousin contributes pecan pie instead of their usual chocolate cake.

The recent passing of my grandmother, moving out of state earlier in the year, and being too ill to travel make former holiday rituals impossible. I would be lying if I claimed that the circumstances do not set a dismal tone to an otherwise joyful occasion.

It got me thinking. So much emphasis is placed on maintaining Christmas traditions and becoming saddened when they change. Only a few days later, this thought process makes a complete revolution when 'change' is happily welcomed with the commencement of the new year. Ironic, isn't it?!?
"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6
The purpose of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Christ. It is not to worship tradition. His birth foreshadows a new beginning, which is quite the contrary to being seized by the snares of routine. Traditions are nice. And they are good to have. That is, until they become the sole focus.

However melancholy I may be over the differences of this holiday season, I am also blessed with the opportunity to recreate a new beginning of my own.

What is your favorite tradition?