What is the value of the holiday tradition? Ideas for Holiday Traditions

Terri Gehr is founder and director of Gehr LLC, which provides transitional leadership services to nonprofit, civic, and public organizations that are growing, evolving, and dealing with challenging environments. In her spare time, she enjoys creating special moments and memories with her family and friends.

“How long do you think we’ll do this?” asked my husband, as he mixed cement for the fourth straight hour on a December afternoon.

“I don’t know,” I said. “I’ll ask the girls.”

David and I were steeped in our annual holiday project with eight girls – the daughters of seven couples we are friends with – making stepping stones as holiday gifts for their parents.

“Girls, David wants to know how long we’re going to keep doing this, what do you think,” I asked. The chatter stopped as they looked at me, uniformly surprised and in disbelief.

“Forever,” one finally said.

Terri Gehr is founder and director of Gehr LLC, which provides transitional leadership services to nonprofit, civic, and public organizations that are growing, evolving, and dealing with challenging environments.  In her spare time, she enjoys creating special moments and memories with her family and friends.

It was gratifying to hear, but it made me wonder about the true lifespan of our annual gathering.

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The tradition of the holiday project had started seven years earlier when three of the girls, aged 5 to 7, from two families who were longtime friends of David, spent the day with us. We went to the local conservatory and botanical gardens to take pictures and while they were being developed at a local camera store we went home to paint frames. Later that day, we picked up the photos, framed and wrapped them, and the girls went home with gifts for their parents.

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