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PODCAST: Are holiday traditions created – or do they evolve?

by Meagan Francis on December 4, 2013

kitchen hour podcast episode 14 Are you stressed out over the idea of juggling a visit to Santa, baking, decorating, listening to the right music, finding the perfect gift – and now figuring out how to fit in the Elf on the Shelf – all in the next three weeks? How in the world does anyone have time to create all the holiday traditions we’re “supposed” to?

Maybe the answer is to let traditions evolve over time instead of forcing our families (and ourselves) into them.

I’m thrilled our own Sarah Powers on this week’s episode of The Kitchen Hour podcast, where we discuss the ins and outs of holiday traditions, from Santa visits gone awry to our favorite Christmas tunes to whether or not the Elf is the new holiday ‘must do.’ 

You’ll also hear my youngest son Owen sharing his favorite holiday traditions.

Let us keep you company in the kitchen today! 

Just click “play” here  to listen in your browser:

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If you like what you hear, I’d love for you to subscribe to The Kitchen Hour. If you’re an iTunes user, visit the podcast page here and click “View in iTunes”. From there you’ll see an option to subscribe, and all new episodes will download to your computer automatically. (You’ll also see a tab in iTunes called Ratings and Reviews, and if you’re feeling inclined I’d be grateful for a positive rating while you’re there!) 

If you’d prefer to listen on your iPhone or iPod, download the Podcasts app and search for The Kitchen Hour – it’s easy to subscribe right in the app!

And check out the show notes for links to some of the articles and music Sarah and I discussed in the podcast – as well as a funny picture of her daughter Allegra meeting Santa Claus!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashley December 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

My rule of thumb is that if something feels like an obligation, it doesn’t qualify as a “tradition.” Traditions are joyful, meaningful, and often spring up organically. The magic that happens during that moment, and is shared by the majority of family members, is what gets people excited to continue it the next year, thus creating a tradition. To me, Elf on the Shelf and cookie exchanges fall into the obligation category. Driving around to look at Christmas lights and eating powdered-sugar donuts on Christmas morning — traditions.


Ashley December 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I should qualify that if your family loves Elf on the Shelf and cookie exchanges, rock on and good for you. I’m just making the point that to me, those activities feel like “just another thing” to get worked up about. Traditions are about what’s meaningful to YOUR family, not keeping up with what others are doing.


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