They matter if and only if they meet the following litmus test:
Of course, Holidays are a time of many traditions. They can persist as sacred and specific time-honored ceremonies or they can evolve as generation after generation adds or subtracts from the past event. So, often we continue them because we are supposed to or we believe we should or we continue them out of guilt.
What is the real reason why you are still participating in this? By checking in with yourself, by asking your mind “Why” and by checking in with your heart….you will be able to see ~ like an objective viewer ~ why you still continue the tradition.
If you check in with your heart, you will uncover many truths about the traditions in your life. My favorite check in is “But does it FEEL GOOD to be doing it?” If yes, then I wholeheartedly go and do it and in-joy it completely. If no, it’s time to re-evaluate the tradition. Is it still something you want to do in it’s entirety? Is it something you want to shift somewhat to meet your new desires?
Sounds easy, right? Then why is it so hard to break a tradition? Doing things the way they have always been done gets you the same results. Many traditions give us those results we desire. Many do not. It’s those we must release to be true to ourselves. To do this is to live by your inner wisdom ~ to live soul wise.
Traditions don’t just happen. They are created over-time because of the joy we receive from them. There are solemn traditions and inspiring traditions. There are ones that light up our smiles and ones that light up our hearts. Creating them is rather a simple act. What do you want to have over and over during the holidays that instills YOUR light, YOUR Truth into the season? Create from there! Is it putting up decorations at a certain time, with certain people? Is it giving to a certain organization? Is it doing something special each year with someone? Do that ~ Create that as a Holiday Tradition!
So tell me what tradition might you release, what will you keep and is there a new one you want to create?