This year, there were no children with me when I opened the Christmas boxes.We're all busy with various schedules, and no one was around to hang the calendar stocking in the kitchen. So I did...just like I did last year too. And no child was there every morning to mark one day closer to Christmas so I did...again...just like last year. And after Christmas was over and all the decorations as well as the calendar stocking was packed away, I came to the realization that it was time to let go and say good-bye to this family ritual. Seems simple and somewhat silly, but I cried. I cried because it means that my season of parenting is coming to an end.
I have to choose to embrace this next season in my life but I am filled with mixed feelings. Saying good-bye to family rituals that are no longer relevant in your family's life is natural and inevitable, but for me it is difficult and sad. BUT...and thank God with Jesus there is always a BUT...I know that He was faithful to me as a young mother and I know He will be faithful to me during the next transition in my life.
I would love to hear your experiences with letting go and saying good-bye to family rituals.