Well my dear friends, it’s December First which means it’s time to say Rabbit Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit! Did you remember? Well, if you didn’t, you can say it now!
The holiday season is here and with it comes all of the traditions that we’ve built up over the years. Do you have holiday traditions at your home too? What are they?
For us, it’s always been that we go to ‘our place’ to choose a live cut Christmas tree and then we bring it home, water it, let it acclimate to our home temperature and then decorate it the next day. But we’ve changed it up this year. Yes, I bought my first artificial tree for Christmas. Me! Whose tradition was a cut tree because I love the smell of balsam! Me – who’s never thought artificial trees looked real enough.
But guess what? I decided to go with the flow and I’m so happy I have! Change is good!
Do you have an artificial tree or a real one? I’ll admit it’s a new experience for my children as we all loved the live cut tree, but this new one is a great substitute. It was really easy to set up and it’s full! I bought some of those balsam scentsicles so that the tree smells real even though we know it’s not. It’s pre-set with lights and even though I’ve always been a white light girl only, I’m enjoying the twinkling colored lights as well.
Sometimes I think we get bogged down with the limiting thought that the holidays have to be a certain way because “it’s tradition.” Sometimes people have difficulty with not getting their way when it comes to holiday traditions. But life is ever expanding and changing. Traditions are lovely, but they’re not set in stone. Life is fluid. We have to go with the flow and change with the new situations as they arrive. I know it’s not easy to expand our thinking especially when we strongly feel that we’ve always done it this way, so that’s the way it has to be. But it really doesn’t. Besides, traditions can be stifling over time and changing it up can add a breath of fresh air! You never know, you may even enjoy the change like we have with the colored lights and an artificial tree!
As I sit here relaxing with the colored lights on, I’m smiling. As it gets darker outside, I will push the new tree light remote and change the lights to white because I like them in the dark. I always feel like white light is healing when it shines into the darkness.
Happy December First to you! Whatever you’re doing, keep shining your heartlights! Go with the flow and expand your thinking. You may find unexpected happiness when you allow new traditions to emerge from the old ways!