As of today, there are 50 days until Thanksgiving, 51 days until Black Friday, 83 days until Christmas, and 90 days until the start of a new year. That means there will be many turkeys to be eaten, many shopping deals to clinch, many hams to be baked, many presents to be wrapped, and many glasses of champagne to be enjoyed. It always seems like a race to perfect our annual traditions, and try as hard as we can to make it as memorable as possible. Yet, many of us become so entangled in Christmas lights that we forget what makes the holiday season special to us. I have been asking myself where did these traditions come from, and why do we have to continue to follow them? Are they traditions just for the sake of traditions?
For me, the holiday season has always been about being around family, cozy gatherings with friends, cooking for loved ones, and trying to manifest more peace. There is no difference today, except in how I approach the holidays.
I don’t think I, or even our culture, will ever stray from traditions. But we can rethink them. As I mentioned in one my earlier posts, I am a Black Friday veteran and used to post on social media about the fried turkey we were about to consume for Thanksgiving dinner. I have given countless gifts that were most likely produced by people who don’t earn a livable wage, and that also ended up in a landfill. After I started making the connections between my actions and how they affect non-human animals, our planet, and other people I realized I wanted to make changes in how
I celebrate the holidays and other special occasions. I started seeing the world and my place in it differently. I knew things would be different, but also would remain the same.
For the next set of conscious living tips, I will talk about how traditions can be altered to widen your circle of compassion, and how your holidays can be joyful, fulfilling, and compassionate to all. All while still creating lasting memories and even forming new traditions.