The holidays are a time people anticipate all year. And with holidays come holiday traditions. Holiday traditions allow us to reconnect with our family and make us look forward to eating certain foods or festive activities we only do around this time.
Traditions are unique to each person and family. Some people have similar traditions, like decorating the tree or cuddling up on the couch to watch a Christmas movie together, while some families have their own unique traditions that they look forward to each year.
We look towards our annual traditions in our busy and unpredictable lives to provide a sense of familiarity. Each year, you know what to expect, and our holiday traditions can foster a sense of security and comfort. That's why we watch the same holiday movies every year. It wouldn't be Christmas without them.
Traditions make us nostalgic about how good we felt when we were younger. As a result, many people continue their holiday traditions well into adulthood and pass them on to their children in hopes of continuing that holiday magic.
You can't blame people for craving nostalgia. Traditions have been proven to be good for the brain. Nostalgic feelings can help people experience higher self-esteem, feel more socially connected, and feel more optimistic, generous, and creative.
Since people find comfort in annual holiday traditions, sometimes it's hard to adjust when life forces traditions to change. But, in life, nothing can stay the same. Life and people evolve. When this happens, our traditions need to grow as well.
We will inevitably change, but as long as the importance and meaning of the holiday is still there, and we have friends and family to enjoy it with, that's all that really matters. So instead, let us embrace and welcome change.
So this holiday season, create new memories by cherishing these moments with your loved ones, even if things have changed.
From all of us at FABU, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season