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December 23, 2016
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Everybody has traditions they follow whether they realize it or not. Tonight, my family is starting a new tradition, we'll be going to our church's living nativity. Then this Christmas weekend, we'll be doing our usual Christmas time traditions. The only change planned is making crepes for breakfast instead of french toast Christmas morning. Traditions are a great thing, and can be created at anytime. Traditions come and go, but some are harder to let go than others. Especially when you've been doing it for X amount of years. The higher X is, the harder it is to let go. Nostalgia is a very powerful thing after all. So are traditions. Does that mean that we have to follow them though? Not necessarily. If you've had a loss of a loved one, and a tradition is too painful to complete, skip it! It's ok, really, it is. Try something new this year. I recently heard that getting through grief, because we never get over it, requires motion. We need to "keep moving forward," just like they said in the movie "Meet the Robinsons."

By the way, this website "What's Your Grief" is a great website to check out:

I hope you have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hannukah, and a Happy New Year!

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)