Why do you celebrate the holidays? Generally speaking, most of us don’t think about why we do what we do, we just do it. We don’t want to be the odd man out so we do what everyone else does. We want to be accepted by society, and we want to follow tradition. Society and tradition make us feel like we’re connected, and that we belong to something. I’d like to go beyond what tradition and society tells us to do. I’d like to get to the root of why holidays are so important. Begin by asking yourself the question, “why do I celebrate the holidays?” Do your best to go to the root and answer the question honestly. Your answer can be anything, there’s not a right or wrong answer. Most likely you’ll find the root will have something to do with love and the need to be loved.


Every human wants to be happy and feel loved. The need for happiness and love is the reason behind every choice we make. I’m not just referring to the holidays. Happiness and love is why we choose our relationships, it’s why we eat the foods we eat, and why we buy the things we buy. It’s the driving force behind all of our choices in life. When you’re unhappy, what do you do? What or who do you reach for? Most likely you’ll find that you reach for something, or someone, that makes you feel happy and loved. 


Next take a look at yourself and how you move through your day. Can you see how the need for happiness and love dictates your choices? If not, you’ll need to go deeper. Meaning you’ll need to take a step back and observe yourself from a detached place. Witness yourself as if you were a stranger observing your life. This will help you to be detached from any connection so you can accurately see yourself and your choices.


Now you get to decide if you want to make your choices from a more conscious place, or rely on what society and tradition tells you to do. Why do you celebrate the holidays? Look deep inside, is it because of society or tradition? Or have you made a conscious choice, free of any attachment? There isn’t a right or wrong answer. It’s your life, and your choice. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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