Are you in a relationship where the two of you celebrate different holidays? Some people celebrate based on their religion, and others celebrate in a completely different way. No matter what holidays you choose to celebrate, it can be challenging when your partner celebrates a completely different set of traditions. There can be tension from these differences, but you can overcome them.
The celebration of different holidays just means that you have more to celebrate! As long as you and your partner are respectful of one another’s differences, you can agree to disagree and still celebrate life together.
To make the most of your holiday traditions together, consider the following:
Agree to disagree about standing traditions
It’s natural to disagree on how to celebrate holidays. Some people are very focused on their religious ideals. Others are more concerned with how their children want to celebrate, or on following family traditions that have been passed down. All of these can be good options.
Stay agreeable during the holidays
Show respect to one another. If you and your partner respect one another and the opinions and beliefs you both have, it can be easier to get through the holidays with good attitudes. You can both make new memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Create new traditions in your home
What elements of your traditions can be blended? How can you ensure the most elements of each other’s traditions that are most important are preserved? What new family traditions can you agree upon to create lasting memories and foster closer relationships? Seek common ground for a bright holiday!
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Wintertime holidays like Christmas often present special challenges because there are so many different traditions practiced by people of different faiths. By talking openly with your partner, you can have peace in your house. Consider:
- Sharing both traditions, if they’re in any way compatible.
- Making a new tradition that you both agree on.
- Spending time with your respective families and their traditions.
- Agreeing to spend time alone during specific holiday times.
The most important thing is that you and your partner come to an agreement about what you’re going to do. Talk to one another and seek solutions that please you both. That’s important anytime of the year, but it’s even more important where the holidays are concerned. Happy Holidays!!