It’s More Than The Traditions

If you know me, you know that I absolutely love tradition. I love doing the same thing year after year for the various family and friend traditions that I hold extremely close to my heart. I take comfort in things being the same. Change is definitely not my friend, and I can completely break down if change takes over a tradition. I literally cannot function without tradition.  I do not like anything to be different.

This year for Christmas, my family decided to switch it up for Christmas this year and spend a week in Destin, Florida instead of at home in Oklahoma. This broke this tradition loving girl’s heart. I was not happy that I would not sleep in my own bed on Christmas Eve, wake up to Santa’s surprise, go to my Nana’s for her breakfast and amazing chocolate gravy, go to my Grandma’s for dinner and finally end the day back at home in my own bed. I did not want to go because I did not want to change my families Christmas traditions.

I was dreading waking up Christmas morning at our house in Florida. I know what you are thinking: What college girl would not love being in Florida during Christmas break? Trust me I love the beach, but I love tradition more. Yet, Christmas is finally over and I am realizing that it was not as bad as I thought it would be. Yes, I love tradition, but I had to realize that Christmas is so much more than that.

Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and the gift of everlasting life that he brought with him. Christmas is about being surrounded by the people that you love. Christmas is about laughing until your stomach hurts. Christmas is about smiling when you get in bed for the night because the day was filled with food, family, friends, Jesus and pure love.

Luckily we got to keep a few of our Christmas traditions like my Nana’s Christmas breakfast and wearing matching pajamas with my little sister and cousin. That helped me get through the day, but in reality my day was filled with the things that I actually need on Christmas: family and Jesus.

I actually had a great Christmas even though it was different than usual. The warm weather and beach might have helped a little bit, but it was the people and the reason for the day that really made the day better than I expected.

There is one thing that I had to realize about change today: Jesus is still Jesus no matter where I am at and no matter what I am doing. I might have been in Florida instead of Oklahoma for Christmas, but I still love Jesus just as much and it is still the day to celebrate his birth.

Christmas is still Christmas even when I am not spending it how I usually do. I learned an important lesson today. I had an incredible Christmas today not because it was filled with my normal traditions, but because I celebrated the birth of our Savior while being surrounded by some of my favorite people in the world. That is the only thing that matters.

Change can be extremely hard, but change can help us realize what is really important. The world will forever change, but Jesus will always be a constant.