Traditions Bring Magic to Your Relationships Year Round

May 3, 2022

Holidays are fun … right? 

Ok, so maybe they aren’t always entirely fun (As Jamie Lee Curtis’s character in Christmas with the Kranks displays below). But no matter what you think of when you think of the holidays, you probably have a strong response. So, what is it that makes holidays so memorable? 

No, really, think about it. Why is it that holidays are so extremely vivid? 

Sure, maybe it’s because of some really cool presents you got over the years: a toy car or a GI-Joe action figure. Though, in actuality, the big toys and presents we get aren’t what makes us remember the holidays, but the people tied to the experiential gifts and the traditions you have. 

If you ever got up at dawn on Easter excited to see if the Easter bunny left you some treats, you bet your parents were just as excited as you, and just like them, you’ll probably keep the tradition going!

One of my favorite family traditions is going out to find the PERFECT Christmas tree. My mom loved taking us to pick one out, and I remember it as being absolutely magical. So, of course I’m keeping the spirit up by taking my kids to do the same every year. 

While this isn’t necessarily an experiential gift itself, seeing the glow of wonder in my kids reignites my own love for the holiday season. I always try to remember that an hour later when I’m covered in sap like Clark Griswold from Christmas Vacation and everything is getting stuck to me—every year I forget how annoying that part is. 

So, How Can You Win The Holiday Season? 

Alright, I’ll stop beating around the bush. I know what you’re thinking: “what about the presents?” 

Like I said, WHAT you get for someone doesn’t actually matter much. Sure, everyone likes new clothes or money every now and again, but those aren’t what makes holidays meaningful. The secret to creating a memorable holiday is giving  experiential gifts. 

This means giving your family, friend, or partner an EXPERIENCE rather than something you got from Target. Don’t believe me? 

Well, here’s an article from the University of Toronto explaining this phenomenon. It explains how giving experiential gifts really strikes your relationship and emotional cores. 

These two cores are SO important to your wellbeing, and don’t worry, if you need to brush up on your core knowledge I get it. By giving experiential gifts, your relationships can strengthen through being focused on time together rather than material items. This will also help you build positive momentum when it comes to your emotional state!

Sure, normal gifts can be nifty and useful sometimes, but they won’t actually nurture your relationships. 

The connection between you as the gift giver, and the person receiving it, is so much more palpable when it involves doing something fun together. No matter what, the experiential gift you give them will only work to make your bond stronger. 

2021 is YOUR year for building up positive momentum and creating success habits. This translates to the holidays for sure! Keep your family traditions going to connect with your family, and consider giving the personal touch of an experiential gift to your loved ones! 

Maintaining strong relationships is one of the most important things we can do to succeed in our 5 cores. By continuing your mom’s love for family puzzle nights or family outings to the park, you’ll be preserving traditions that connect you to others and strengthen your relationships. 

You can even gamify your traditions by using your tech to relate to your family, rather than distract. Make a pact with your family to only check your phones after a certain length of time, you can even make it a fun competition! 

You’ve got everything you need to create some awesome memories. I hope you have a wonderful year of happy relationships and memorable holidays!

The Best Time To Start Is Now:

Want to know where you stand in the five values of life tied to happiness (Your 5 Cores), take this two minute Core Values Quiz to get your core score in the five values of life.

Will Moore is a gamification, habits and happiness expert.

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