Tradition or Trap

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My 21 year old daughter was disturbed when she visited the other day and found that the kids and I had already put up our Christmas tree. “But…but, this is not your tradition!” She complained.

And she was right. It was a break with the tradition I’ve held since I lived in Bowling Green, Ohio, more than 200 miles from my hometown. My kids and I were accustomed to going home for the holidays, but somehow that year it didn’t work out. Sure, we’d see family at Christmas, but being used to sharing Thanksgiving with them, I faced that day in a blue funk that was bound to affect my little ones if I didn’t kick it in the butt.

So, once we finished our delicious meal and cleaned up, I surprised them by pulling out our Christmas decorations. “We’re starting a new tradition this year!” I told them, much to their delight. That was the early 80s, and it’s carried on until this year.

This time around we needed a little pick-me-upper, and this seemed like a good remedy. So we cranked up the Christmas tunes and got to work.

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Some of my friends have questioned my sanity, but many have caught the bug and are getting their houses decked out early as well. I think with all the bad news we hear every day, and all the problems we face, it can’t hurt to veer off the path a little to find some fun.

Traditions are nice, but they shouldn’t turn in to a trap. Right?! So happy holidays from my house to yours. And remember, Jesus is the reason for the season. And everything else.

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