‘If your traditions have not changed, you have not changed. You are living an illusion.’
Seasonal traditions should be expressions of your inner man. If you are growing, so should they.
As a father, it is important to know that I am impacting my family. They need to be able to follow me as I follow stronger and stronger patterns of giving, productivity, service, and compassion. Talk is cheap. Action is expensive.
Your family needs to see your example through the filter of traditions. At Thanksgiving, Christmas and Super Bowl are you the same selfless person or do you change based on the wind of the moment and season?
Are you a thankful person or just one who gives thanks when the seasonal tradition demands it? Are you a gracious giver through all seasons or just ones that call on that aspect? Do you have a habit of thankfulness and giving and serving or just a traditional moment?
Contemplate. Your traditions should be expressions of who you are daily with special emphasis on a quality. If they are exhausting, it is probably because you are being untrue to your self and putting on a show for the season instead of expressing yourself with special strength and attention.
As you grow as a father, your daily, weekly, and seasonal traditional expressions should exemplify the character you want repeated in your inner man and your family.