This is the time of year when everyone concentrates on family and traditions.
But what happens when families change? Traditions sometimes change as well.
Change is hard. It even harder on kids. During the holiday's many families have traditions, but what happens when a loved one is lost, or someone moves away, or the family grows to big to fit all in one house? Well then sometimes the tradition has to change to accommodation the changing family. Makes sense doesn't it. Of course it does. That doesn't mean change is easy. The changes in families are very stressful times. Holiday's make these changes even more stressful.
There is always that age old question; do you see your in-laws for the holiday or your family? Or do you stretch yourself and see both? Do you take turns with the years on who you see? Do you go to mid-night mass or go in the morning? Do you have time to go in the morning? Will you do able to stay awake if you do go to mid-night mass? Personally I always fall asleep in at mid-night mass. Hay, it's the thought that counts, right.
The point is, try not to add more stress to the holiday then need be. Concentrate on what is important. Your family and loved ones will understand if things go wrong with dinner, or plans or what ever is it. Slow down, enjoy the loved ones who are around you, and remember with fondness these who can't be with you.
Most of all enjoy the season, the ones who have left us would want us to be happy and enjoy ourselves. Remember those traditions with them, and make new ones. That is what the holiday season is all about, enjoying old traditions and making new one.