12 Days of Christmas: value your traditions, but set a few new ones, too


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The Nutcracker Suite has been a tradition for me since I was a little girl. My mother took me to the ballet. I then became a ballet dancer. I took my own daughters to the Nutcracker ballet when they were preschoolers. They became ballet dancers and both performed in several Nutcracker ballet performances. Even though my girls changed interests in high school from ballet to cheerleading, every holiday season seems tied to the Nutcracker ballet. I even have a collection of wooden Nutcrackers, Christmas ornaments, wooden musical jewelry boxes and even snow balls with the Nutcracker theme. I think it is the magical world in the story that is so appealing and the happy ending. The music instantly transports me to a fairy tale world and I feel like a little girl again.

Coaching Tip: Value your traditions and your stories and add some flexibility, too. Eight years ago when we moved 1000 miles away from family and friends, along with cherishing traditions, we had to create some new traditions. Though I love thinking about my holiday memories (my Grandpa always had walnuts that he would crack open with a nutcracker ,he always had chocolate covered cherries at Christmas, and we would stand around the piano and sing), I also know the value of starting new traditions, too. If we think Christmas, the holidays, or any event can only be one way, we set ourselves up for disappointment. For instance, it has been a new tradition for us to go to the Parade of Lights in Denver every year, this year we had a conflict in our schedules and could not go. My son was very sad and then we had a talk about what is important about traditions- and that is the people. Even though we couldn’t go to the parade, we were still together.  Many blessings to you this season.

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Sheri Kaye Hoff, MA, CGCL.

Your Inspired Action Success Coach. Life, Executive and Small Biz Coach and Best Selling,  Transformational Author of multiple books.

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3 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas: value your traditions, but set a few new ones, too

  1. Laura R

    Several years ago I started a tradition of watching Christmas movies and have also started adding dvds to my collection. I love all sorts of Christmas movies from the old ones like White Christmas, Holiday Inn and Christmas in Connecticut to some of the newer ones like The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Recipe for a Perfect Christmas and the Eloise movies.

    As a matter of fact, I just started a list of movies I want to get on dvd at some point.

    Merry Christmas all!

  2. Thank you for sharing your 12 days of Christmas Sheri, a tradition that I value and enjoy for the holiday season. Its even more fun when I am on my lounge chair but know that will end too.. Merry Christmas to you and your family. 🙂

  3. Germaine

    We have a tradition of having the family spend the night at who ever’s hosting’s house so we’re all together first thing in the morning when the little ones run to the tree & come screaming back that santa’s been there. it’s what it’s all about.

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