Tips for When You *Want* To Continue a Tradition

Over the holidays, you may wonder what to do if you *WANT* to participate in a holiday tradition, but can’t.

Maybe you can’t do the tradition as you once did because of the pandemic.

Or, maybe you can’t do the tradition as you once did because a loved one has passed away.

Whatever the reason, here are some ideas to consider:

*Find a way to bring the tradition to you.

That might look like doing it virtually.

It might look like inviting everyone to do the activity at a certain date + time, from their own homes, and then sharing about it with each other.
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*If you’ve lost a close friend or family member, you can include them by incorporating your 5 senses.

Here are a few ideas of how:

SIGHT: Do you have a decoration of theirs to display? A favorite flower? Poem?

TOUCH: What about a blanket to snuggle in? An item of clothing? I like to hang some ornaments that were my mom’s on our tree, and talk about memories while hanging them.

SMELL: What smell reminds you of them? Can you burn a candle or spray a spray of that scent?

TASTE: What are some favorite recipes and/or restaurants you could use through the season?

SOUND: What were some favorite songs? Are there any other sounds that you can think of to add?
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What ideas do you have that might be useful for people to be able to carry on a tradition, despite circumstances being different than they once were? Please share!

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