Change touches every aspect of our lives, not just as we enter retirement. As the holiday season has begun, I again am faced with opportunities to embrace change. My small 4-person family has now morphed to include two wonderful sons-in-law. Our family traditions at holiday gatherings needed to be adjusted. At Thanksgiving, my youngest daughter and her new husband would not be able to share the main meal with us. So, in order to include them in part of the Thanksgiving dinner I started a new tradition I called The Blessings Jar.
Right on the heels of Thanksgiving is Christmas Tree time. When my girls were little we always had a great time picking out the tree. Sometimes we would go out into the fields of a tree farm and cut our perfect tree down ourselves, and sometimes we found freshly cut ones at the local tree farm up the road. It was always a fun family time. But now that my girls were picking out their own trees, it was time to reinvent the tree ritual...well kind of. We've decided that the weekend of Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get our trees and the perfect way to get them is TOGETHER. My newest son-in-law brings the truck and all six of us meet at the tree farm to choose our trees.
Of course we give advice freely:) Once the trees are in the back of the truck we start the drop offs. It's nice to see the trees going in the stands and centered and watered. Of course we give advice freely again :)
As the year rushes to its end, it's a good time to think about change and how we greet it when it finds us. I've found it not such a scary prospect if you try to find ways to welcome the changes around you, even if you liked the way things used to be.
Have a blessed and joyous holiday season as you go about your family traditions. What are your thoughts on change? I'd love to hear other perspectives on the subject.