Christmas. For many of us, our picture of this holiday is a static one: we've "always" done this or we "always" do that.
Indeed, that idea of tradition and stability and connection is one of the deepest and most meaningful themes of the holiday!
I make Aunt Bill's Brown Candy or Mim's Texas Pralines because my mother did, my grandmother did, my great-grandmother did.
Celebrating that connection is wonderful, but don't let it blind you to the very real fact that Christmas also changes.
If I compare our current Christmas celebrations to my childhood holidays, I find that today's rejoicing is longer, faster, more intense and more expensive. Not better or worse, but different.
This is, I humbly submit, as it should be. Children grow. Families change. On growing older, many of us explore new spiritual depths, finding meaning in different places.