For everyone, the holidays mean something just a little bit different. Why can we not take the attitude we have towards our holiday traditions and apply it to everyday life? There is no judging of what is the correct or proper way to celebrate the holiday season. This a broad generalization about family traditions and is not about religious beliefs or practices, that topic would require more than a blog to delve into. For example, you could compare two Christian families who attend the same church. One family attends the Christmas Eve service than bakes cookies while the other family goes out to eat on Christmas Eve and attends the Christmas morning service. Neither family tradition is the same yet they both attend the same church. Neither family would judge the tradition of the other as unimportant as well. Traditions serve a purpose and it is a purpose that has great importance to family units. Generally, traditions are celebrated or shared as a family so they help preserve families and bring families together. No one tradition is the same from family to family, yet a majority of families have a holiday tradition that they undertake this holiday season. It is the one time of year where the judgement of traditions is withheld. If we could all apply that overall tolerance to every day, society, in general, would flourish. So, eat, drink and be merry or whatever variety of traditions your family shares and keep that spirit into the new year. Tolerance and patience to all.
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