I want to start by wishing you all a very happy holiday season! As we enter this much anticipated week, my hope is that you find light and peace even during these difficult times. Even when the holidays don’t look quite like they used to. When I think about the topic of holiday traditions, I immediately think about all of the new and memorable traditions my family and I are experiencing due to the changes this year—all while still holding onto the ones we’ve made memories from over for years. While things look a bit different this year, I’m learning to embrace it, and find joy in the fact that these things have naturally become more localized and at home. Here are some of the Hackman family traditions that I’d love to share with you. I share these in hopes that they encourage you to tap into your most cherished memories you’ve already made and inspire you to make new ones.
- Open Seats— In my extended family, when we have gathered together, we have always had empty chairs set out that represent those who have gone before us. Whether it’s grandparents, aunts, or uncles, those serve as a reminder of them and allow us to recognize how they have impacted our lives and what we have learned from them.
- Celebrating the advent— Within our immediate family, we practice our faith tradition of reading an advent devotional every night and then lighting a candle as we anticipate Christmas. This is a special tradition that our children enjoy as well.
- Finding the light— This tradition is new to our family this year, and quite literally represents finding the light in the darkness. We looked up neighborhood light shows in our neighborhood and toured them as a family. It was a lot of fun to see all of the effort that our neighbors have put into beautiful displays and over the top lights for our enjoyment.
Scott Hackman is the Founder and CVO of Scott Hackman Ventures. He has over 15 years of experience in business advising, coaching, and leading growth through transitions.