Let it Go…Let it Go…a Hard Look at Holiday Traditions
Make Room for the Amazing in Your YOU-tastic Life
No, I’m not going to channel my inner-Elsa and belt out the entirety of Let It Go. If you need to hear it, you can go here Let It Go – sing-along version or reach out to any 6-year old and they will be happy to sing it for you.
I’m here to challenge you to look at your holiday “traditions” and see what you can give up.
Break out a piece of paper or create an Excel Spreadsheet for my techies and take on the below steps. If you are solo, complete these steps by your self. If you are coupled up or in a family then complete these steps together.
- Create 4 columns.
- In the first column, list all of the traditions you observe.
- In the second column, list why you observe each tradition.
- In the third column, list if you are happy about observing each tradition.
- FINALLY, for all of the “not happy about” traditions, consider letting them go.
Be prepared! There will be all sorts of reasons flying around tempting you to keep these traditions:
- “My nana or mom or grandpa (or whoever) always did this.”
- Guilt plays a big part in keeping traditions connected to relatives. Having guilt as a motivator does no one any good.
- “It won’t be Christmas or winter or Hanukkah (or whatever) if we don’t do this.”
- Being stressed out fulfilling a tradition you don’t like serves no one. Traditions are meant to celebrate, NOT stress.
- “I can’t deprive my kids, family, friends, co-workers, etc.”
- This is a biggie for bakers. I’m not saying to stop baking. However, if the baking is more stress than pleasure…Let It Go!
This is YOUR holiday season and YOU get to choose.
Now here’s the trickier, and most important, part of giving up a tradition…don’t add a new tradition in its place.
Enjoy the free time, the reduced stress and the open room for the amazing to show up.