Holiday traditions are a gift that linger long after the days are done

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

Our family had a great Christmas with lots of loved ones around, and throughout Christmas day I realized that there were many lessons to learn.  For instance,

  • No matter how old you are, you're still your parent's children. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but they do tend to want to take care of you at any age. 
  • I treat my sons the same way my parents treat me. They're still my boys. Just now, they have much more expensive tastes.
  • I retain cookies.
  • No matter how much restraint I have an hour before dinner, I have none at dinner. 
  • Holiday dinners are a great time to keep the family oral tradition alive. The next generation needs to know the family history.
  • A post dinner nap is non-negotiable.
  • The speed at which you open presents does not change the impact of the gift inside.
  • Surprises are surprises. My youngest son is hard to surprise. This year, we were able to surprise him. That was a gift for us.
  • The smells of Christmas are different than any other smells.
  • There is less traffic through town on Christmas day. Superbowl Sunday is the other day our community shuts down voluntarily (except for pizza delivery guys).
  • Even a 12" tall Christmas tree will make you smile. Ours is 4'.
  • A Christmas card from an old friend will make you feel warm inside.
  • There is nothing like seeing the smile on a loved ones face when he/she opens a greatly desired gift.
  • A Christmas hug seems warmer.
  • Christmas dinner could be pizza if you're surrounded by loved ones.

So, what lessons did you learn this Christmas?  I'm sure there were some old ones you were looking forward to experiencing all over again.  Have a wonderful post-Christmas week, and let's expect great things in the New Year. 



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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Mike Cooper, GRI - I like everything you had to say about celebrating Christmas with your family. It's a great tradition that never goes out of style. 

Wishing you and your family peace continued blessings, and continuation of values to be shared throughout all generations. 

Dec 29, 2018 04:53 PM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

It was different this year....five years after no family....we began our recovery and adapting some of our former traditions with people who have become felt good !

Dec 29, 2018 05:24 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Great thoughts, Mike.  These two especially hit home.

  • No matter how much restraint I have an hour before dinner, I have none at dinner. 
  • A post dinner nap is non-negotiable.
Dec 29, 2018 06:08 PM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Mike, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 29, 2018 06:08 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Mike- I don't know if you could say that I learned this but I was reminded of just how wonderful my family is. This was our first time in many many years to spend Christmas with our family. 

Dec 29, 2018 06:42 PM #5
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Mike,

I am with the millenials on this one: experience trumps stuff. A day spent well with loved ones never returns bad.

Dec 29, 2018 10:51 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mike.

Just the other day I stopped by and bought some pizza.  Just me and my bride, it was great.  We are a family that enjoys hugs, each one has it's own special meaning

Dec 30, 2018 02:10 AM #7
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

To me it's a relief when Christmas Eve and Christmas Day arrives.  All the flurry of preparation is done and we can just enjoy family.  It does make me miss the old days, though, when siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins were all together. Families have spread out and dwindled.  We would have 30 people at least at the tables. Remember the "kids" table? The youngest were dressed as elves and Santa and distributed gifts. There were always new babies to hold. Treasured memories.

Dec 30, 2018 02:40 AM #8
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Mike Cooper, GRI I love holiday traditions.... I baked all of the pastries my mother always provided before dementia set in, and I added my own tradition of scratch tickets for the family on Christmas Eve... 

Dec 30, 2018 03:02 AM #9
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Thanks for sharing your holiday reflections, sounds like you and your family are very close and wishing you more years of memories and successful Happy New Year 2019.

Dec 30, 2018 04:57 AM #10
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