I think it is great to have a family. Family traditions make the family closer as a unit. We put up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. We listened to Christmas songs and enjoyed decorating it together. We watched Christmas movies together and will watch them over the holiday season.
We enjoy snuggling on the couch and watching a good Christmas movie: "It's A Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th St." (The Original version), "White Christmas", "A Christmas Story", "The Polar Express", "Frosty The Snowman", and many others. (I still think and tell my wife that "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie, but somehow she doesn't buy it).
I have traditions- fun, happy, traditions that we do such as dad sitting at the head of the table, having the "kids" table, watching the parades, the football games, the taking turns in unwrapping gifts or opening gifts the night before. Traditions -traditions that we pass down -traditions that we hold on to because we love them -traditions that make us who we are as a family. I don't think they are bad. They are not set in stone.
A few years a go, we drew names to who would get presents for my aunts and uncles Christmas gathering instead of buying everyone presents. The change was good. It helped people on money. It help people on knowing who they were going to buy for in advance. But, the change also caused a little bit of a problem. Some of the family members were new to the family and it's hard to know their tastes, likes and wants. So, we learn that change can be good and bad. But, it became a great tradition that we kept and became a part of who we are as a family.
What family traditions do you have during the holidays? How do they help you become a closer family? How can changing a tradition help and hurt? In what ways? Have you had experiences with changing traditions? How can we apply this to the Church? How is tradition good? How can change help and hurt and does that change sometimes itself then become a tradition? Is the church a family where you worship? How? What traditions make it so? What does your church do to make it feel like a family?
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