Celebrating the Holidays Aligned with Our Values

This is an article I wanted to share with you, written by my sister, Florence Leroy, Family relationship expert and co-author of the book “I Quit Complaining about my Kids {and Spouse}”, following my French bestseller “I Quit Complaining!” – which will be published in English this spring!

Celebrating the holidays aligned with our values

The holidays are here and as much as I rejoice about spending time with family and friends, I am also a bit worried about embarking on what resembles a tornado of preparation, meetings, meals, and gifts. So in between traditions, customs, and what others expect, I invite you to take a minute to reflect and ask yourself: What would the perfect Holiday be like for me?

What ingredients do I need to feel satisfied and happy?

Christmas is part of our family tradition, and it is such a traditional holiday that we don’t always take the time to think about how we’d really like to celebrate it. The family habits and routine are in place: on December 24th we celebrate there and on December 25  we celebrate over there, champagne, turkey and butter Christmas log are on the menu. Without forgetting the opulence of gifts to please everyone. It’s not easy to be the one going against the current. Yet, when we have kids the question of passing down values and traditions arises and we have the opportunity to question our ways to make sure they still work for us.

Sharing by inviting my children to contribute to this holiday: homemade gifts for the cousins, table decoration…

Family spirit by being attentive to each person, by showing my children that even with our differences we can choose to get along together.

Solidarity by choosing an action to do as a family to serve others: inviting our neighbor who is spending the holidays alone, contributing some toys to an association helping families.

Simplicity by avoiding to fall into the commercial trap and by daring to give homemade gifts at times.

Without wanting to completely revolutionize the customs of this family holiday which concerns every family member, you could this year honor one of the values that are dearest to you.

Take the time to think about what is most important to YOU and take the time to listen to everyone’s desires as well… and you will be able to say: yes, it was a beautiful holiday celebration!

Florence Leroy
Florence Leroy

Website /Blog More Joy!

In French “Plus de joie !”

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