What happens when families merge?
Every family has their own traditions and festivities for every holiday. Whether it be as simple as getting Chinese food on Christmas Eve or as complex as a decadent feast on Thanksgiving; every family is different. Some families spend a portion of their holiday at church while other families do not. Even still, families travel vast distances to spend time with relatives, while others spend time alone.
Growing up you start to take pride in your families traditions. If something happens one year that prevents your tradition from taking place, you cannot help but to feel disappointed. Part of life’s beauty lies in the differences between how families celebrate. What happens when you grow up, find the person you want to marry, and merge family traditions? Who lets go of what? Do you drive to see both families on every holiday or do you split holidays?
It’s unrealistic to think over the rest of your life you’ll be able to take part in all your families traditions though. You now have you’re own family. You’re going to want to make new traditions for your family. And that’s okay.
As we plan Thanksgiving and try to sort out who we’re spending what with, you have to take a step back and realize you can’t be every where at once. Eventually someone will be disappointed you didn’t show up. And that’s okay too.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?
Mine include holiday cookies, Thanksgiving pies, STUFFING, and decorating the Christmas tree 🙂