The holidays are filled with predicable patterns that give meaning to the season. There is something comforting about doing the same thing year after year; it gives a sense of consistency and ritual.

Over the decades, we learn to love the process of buying food, gathering presents, sending holiday cards, going to church, decorating the Christmas tree and setting the table. These small rituals bring our families and communities closer together.

However, many people have mixed feelings around the holidays – especially if their traditional relationships have changed over time. If your holiday routine is getting you down, perhaps it’s time to try something a little different. Perhaps it’s time to find a whole new way of celebrating the holidays.

This year, maybe you want to create an entirely new tradition. Perhaps you could ask your family to volunteer at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. Or, maybe you could write letters to people who are feeling lonely around the holidays.

Maybe you want to abandon the madness of buying multiple gifts and just ask everyone to exchange only one present? Or perhaps you want to try cooking a new type of ethnic cuisine?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Please join the conversation in the comments section below and don’t forget to “like” and share this article to keep the conversation going.

Have you ever done something at the holidays that was unplanned and unexpected? Did you go somewhere or share an experience that was so different from the norm?

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