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I’m sitting in the hospital parking lot waiting while someone I love is having a procedure done. This is the first time in a few weeks where I have just gotten to sit and just be. It’s nice.

Now that I am thinking I am reflecting on my traditions for this Christmas Season. There are a lot that we haven’t been able to do and some that we have. What’s been interesting is that my family and I have done many things that were new! Originally the idea was to find ways to “make up” for what we wouldn’t be able to do. Instead we have discovered some New Traditions. This year has been hard and challenging to say the least. I don’t think it’s necessary to dwell on the difficulties but rather just acknowledge that we have all had them. Instead I want to turn my attention toward trying new things! Keeping our traditions is important and I am excited to do them next year. Building New Traditions is just as important and they can bring us closer in ways that are unknown.

I was surprised by what adding these new traditions to our family has done. There was laughter and joy as we figured it out and yes some frustration too.

There is a saying, Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold. Meaning that both are precious and equally important. Keeping this in mind when making new traditions, the same thing applies. Our old traditions are just as precious as new ones. By bringing them both together we expand ourselves to be open to new experiences and trying new things. And sometimes, a surprise lies in the joy of unknown new things.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays however you celebrate. May new discoveries bring new traditions.

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