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Tradition

by: Tammy Greene

It is that time again. The time where we are supposed to feel "merry and bright." Where we are supposed to feel happy and generous. Unfortunately, what tends to happen is we wind up feeling hectic and stressed. It gets hard to think beyond our endless to-do lists and every minute is filled with shopping and parties.

With everything we have going on, it is easy for us to forget the meaning of the holidays. It is easy to let it all pass us by without taking the time to enjoy the season and to remember why we celebrate this time of year in the first place. And, it is certainly easy to loose track of the connection you have with your family, especially with your significant other.

It's time to take back control of the Season and bring back the joy of the holiday. One of the best ways to do this is to start some traditions with your sweetie. Simple holiday traditions help you feel connected, not only, to the holiday but most importantly to the one you love most.

Here are some easy and fun ways to add a little tradition to this holiday season and help you and your special someone stay connected.

Look at Lights. Christmas lights are a holiday tradition dating back to Thomas Edison and became an official holiday tradition in 1895. Holiday lights are beautiful and fill us with a sense of awe. Take some time to enjoy the hard work of your neighbors. Hop in the car with your sweetheart and take a drive around the neighborhood to appreciate the magic that a simple strand of lights can bring.

Drink Cocoa by the Tree. If you celebrate the holidays by decorating the tree, you know how much work this can be. But, once the work is done, do you take the time to appreciate your efforts? Warm up a cup of cocoa, top it with some mini marshmallows and cuddle by the tree. Take in the smell, reminisce, and relax. Don't let your efforts only be enjoyed on Christmas Day.

Watch a Holiday Movie. Take some time to snuggle on the couch, put your feet up and share a blanket while you watch one of the many holiday classics. From the funny to the heartfelt, there is an endless array of movies to choose from. Take some time to unwind together and laugh or cry your way through your favorite holiday film.

Give Back. No matter where you live, you do not have to look far to find someone in need. The holidays are a time for giving, so what better way to give than to reach out to someone who could use a helping hand? Take some time to look beyond your own needs and stress and devote some of that attention to someone who could use some kindness. Whether it be donating gifts, making a meal, or donating your time, make this a holiday project that you and your sweetie do together. There is tremendous joy to be found in doing something kind for others.

Whatever you decide to do, take some time to enjoy the season together. Cuddle, take in the sights and smells, listen to music and start some new traditions. It only comes by once a year so don't let this special time fly by without taking a few moments to relax and enjoy it together. Happy Holidays.

Tammy Greene is a graduate of the University of La Verne. She has worked as a Child Life Specialist and social worker assisting families who have children with illness or mental disabilities. Tammy is a producer of the national PBS children’s television show, Curiosity Quest. She has a blog, Married and Naked, where she shares personal lessons learned from her own life, offering helpful ways to navigate through the challenges of marriage. Tammy is happily married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother of two. Tammy is a contributing expert for HopeAfterDivorce.org, FamilyShare.com, LAFamily.com, and CupidsPulse.com. Visit Tammy’s Curiosity Quest website, www.curiosityqueststore.com. Follow her blog, MarriedandNaked, at www.married-and-naked.com.

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