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Chapter 5. Celebrating Special Occasions > Keeping (or Losing) Family Tradition...

Keeping (or Losing) Family Traditions

Traditions are one of those undercurrents of life that give it a sense of timelessness and stability. With that in mind, it's only logical that traditions should evoke feelings of happiness and well-being, not feelings of difficulty and burden. So, just as you've reviewed family celebrations and holidays, you should also take a close look at your family traditions.

Do you maintain the tradition because people enjoy it or because that's what you've always done? In other words, are your family members tolerating the tradition more than they're enjoying it? The classic example that comes to mind is the holiday fruitcake, simply tolerated by so many people that it has become the subject of many jokes. Fruitcakes were at one time a grand holiday delicacy, but time has taken its toll, and, unless you have a rare fruitcake-lover in your family, this tradition is a prime candidate for retirement. Consider each of your traditions to see whether any of them is also nearing retirement age.


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