Here we are, the last day of the December writing prompts! I have tried so many times to do a prompt a day project throughout a month, and this is the first year I actually completed it. I’ve written more this month than I think I wrote all year, and I definitely know I wrote more this month than I did in all of 2014! I am hoping to keep up this trend in the new year – I won’t post every day, but I’m definitely aiming to post more often. I write about this goal more in the resolutions I’ll be posting tomorrow. But for now, the last prompt, where I talk about future traditions!
What is one thing you learned about yourself this month by examining your traditions?
I’ve learned that I love tradition, even if my traditions haven’t been consistent. I’ve learned that I want to set my own traditions. I may be 35, but I don’t have many of my own. I started knitting the Christmas socks for myself last year, and that’s a start, but I want to do more. I want to bake cookies. I want to spend a day decorating my tree listening to Christmas music. I want to finally see the Nutcracker! I want to have a Christmas movie night that consists of old classics and cheesy Hallmark movies. I want to start doing something special for myself on my birthday – it doesn’t need to be big, but it needs to be there.
I’ve learned that I want my family to be more of a part of my traditions. I’d love to see the Nutcracker with my mom, sister, and niece, for example, as a sort of girls night out. Maybe we’d bring back the tradition of celebrating my birthday on Christmas Eve and ordering Chinese food for dinner. I even miss going to Yankee Candle the day after Christmas to stock up on cheap Christmas candles for next year! Even though I want to start some of my own traditions, I’d also love for family to be a closer part of them.
I hope for so much in 2016. I have optimism that I’ll make new traditions and incorporate some old ones. I’m excited.