The Cone Family Holiday Tradition

by Sami

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We’ve struggled for years in our little family of four to create the perfect holiday traditions. But the reality is, we’re more un-traditional when it comes to Christmas and the holiday season.


Perhaps it’s because my husband almost always has to work on holidays. We used to pout and sulk that we didn’t get to lounge around in our pajamas together like other families until we finally realized one thing: it wasn’t doing us any good!

After all, who says we need to rely on a calendar to tell us when to celebrate as a family?

Once we grasped this concept, the holidays became so much less stressful and filled with so much more joy! No more rushing out to buy presents when everyone else does. Long gone are waiting in lines at restaurants on pre-determined nights. And we haven’t seen the inside of an airport terminal during the holidays in years!

What we now do is choose a day (or week) to celebrate when it works best for our family. Last year we celebrated Thanksgiving and put up our Christmas tree on November 2 because that was when my mom was able to be with us. This year we’ll be celebrating my dad’s 85th birthday (which is New Year’s Eve) on December 30th so we don’t have to subject him to what he hates the most: CROWDS! Heck, I can’t even remember the last time we celebrated Valentine’s Day…but I can tell you that we make it a priority to show love to one another and spend time as a couple all throughout the year.
Family-Christmas-Eve-pajamasOf course, we do have traditions we look forward to each Christmas: new pajamas on Christmas Eve, Hashbrown Casserole while watching the Disney parade Christmas morning and singing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus while the kids plunk it out on the piano.

The point is not to balk at traditions, but instead to avoid feeling pressured by the world’s calendar.

A tradition is exactly this – something you make special and sacred within your family. After all, what could be more important than that?

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