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The Magic Of Holiday Traditions
What are your favorite holiday traditions? Do you have an old family recipe for a special confection that your children love? Or is there a holiday ritual that's been passed down that brings your family together? Maybe you're establishing new traditions that you're passing on to your own children. Traditions are our connection to the past and make the holidays a unique and special time of year.
This past Saturday I had the pleasure of being in the audience as I watched my thirteen year old neighbor, Autumn, dance the part of Clara in Ballet New England's production of The Nutcracker. It was a proud moment. She has matured into a beautiful and graceful young lady since the first time I saw her on stage at age three dancing in a bunny costume. I still crack up remembering how she wouldn't leave the stage after her group performance ended.
Going to see The Nutcracker has become one of my favorite holiday traditions. I never tire of it. Each year it becomes a different experience as new producers and performers add their unique flavor to the ballet . Yet, I can count on all the familiar characters to grace the stage. The scene I look forward to most in the ballet is the dance of the Snow Queen and Snow King. This year's dancers were amazing as they moved in perfect sync with one another.
There's a lot to be said for establishing holiday traditions. That's what makes the season so rich for me. We all have special recipes for breads and sauces and sweets that have been passed down from generation to generation. Although my mother died several years ago, it wouldn't be Christmas without Mom's meatballs! Just smelling them cooking will bring back all the wonderful memories. Thank goodness she let us in on the secret ingredients!
Traditions bring a sense of comfort and stability to our lives no matter what the season or holiday, helping to ground us in this ever changing and unstable world. Traditions reconnect us to the peaceful place inside that knows all is well and in perfect order. Whether you're reacquainting yourself with an old, timeless tradition or introducing a brand new one, enjoy the unique flavor each one will bring to you and your family this holiday season.
posted on: 12/20/2007 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side
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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.
My Favorite Books
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
- Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
- The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
- Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
- "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.