Series 47: For the Love of Untraditional Traditions

Feels like we’ve all had a few life shifts over the last few years, whether it’s returning to “normal” after a pandemic, rethinking the way we work, travel and spending time with each other–so it stands to reason that the way we do holidays is changing as well. Though some holiday traditions may be beloved, we could think of a few that could benefit from a reset. If it doesn’t serve us, make us better, or brings stress instead of joy, how can we re-imagine our holiday traditions to help us make the most out every moment?. We promise we’re not Grinches over here–all of us on the For the Love team adore the holidays–but we’re looking at how we can mix it up a little–from the food we serve, to the music we’re playing, the games that entertain us, and how we gather. Whether you love doing the holidays the way you’ve always done them, or you’re ready to head to an island instead of trudging through snow, we’re here to help you enhance the traditions that have been passed down so they fit who you are, or, we can inspire you to go rogue this Christmas with something really different. To help us in this journey, we’re bringing in folks who give their perspectives on doing things a little or a lot differently and what they learned by following a more untraditional holiday road.


Retooling Our Holiday Gatherings for More Meaning and Less Stress: Priya Parker

November 23, 2022

We’re back with another installment of our Untraditional Traditions series and continuing to celebrate the best of the season with different perspectives on how to change things up toward augmenting old traditions, creating new ones, or letting go of those that no longer serve us. Perhaps you’re thinking–how do I even begin to shift long held traditions—especially around holiday gatherings? Or maybe you’ve never been the “gather-er,” but you want to step your toe into those waters? We’ve got some fantastic practical guidance based on real life experience from our guest this week, on how we can get more from how we gather, and how to facilitate gatherings that bring life instead of stress. Priya Parker is a facilitator, a strategic advisor, an author and a life-long curious student. Priya believes everyone…

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[BONUS] Jen’s Favorite Things – 6th Annual Holiday Gift Guide

November 21, 2022

Another year, another holiday, and another special bonus episode of our podcast featuring our 6th Annual Jen’s Favorite Things Gift Guide. If you’re just now realizing that we’ve got about a month before Christmas, Jen and team are here to help! In this episode, Jen will guide us to some of the most practical, fun and beautiful gifts this year—along with all kinds of deals, just for you, our faithful listeners. And as we’ve done in past years, Jen has selected products she loves from businesses who are doing good in the world—whether that’s through dollars back to worthy causes, employing and empowering marginalized communities, or creating sustainable solutions that are both good for us and our planet. And here’s a fun bonus (on top of a bonus episode!). We love a…

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Maybe It’s Time for A Calm Christmas This Year? Beth Kempton Shows Us How

November 16, 2022

We’re in the midpoint of our Untraditional Traditions series, and we want to ask all of you listeners to consider something; what kind of Christmas do you want or need this year?  Maybe it’s a riotous, celebratory Christmas with tons of gatherings and activities, a frenzy of lights and shopping and cooking and more. But perhaps some of us might be feeling a bit tethered to the way we’ve always done it—and the notion of a calm Christmas sounds nothing short of divine (and kudos to you all who have found the joy of this already). Perhaps you feel like you don’t really have a choice as to what kind of Christmas you have, as you’ve been the “keeper of Christmas” for your family and friends for so long, but our guest…

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Creating and Recreating Holiday Traditions with Brian Earl from “The Christmas Past Podcast”

November 9, 2022

Let’s get into the nitty gritty of our holiday traditions—real tree or a fake tree? Love egg nog or hate it? Decorating to the hilt or like to keep it minimalist? In this kickoff episode of our Untraditional Traditions series, we’re doing a deep dive into some of the traditions many of us may observe at the holidays, and a few we might want to try!  Like, how many of you put up your Christmas tree at Halloween and take it down on Valentine’s Day? Well, our guest this week does and he just gave us all permission to do that same (you’re welcome). Because that’s the fun thing about traditions—we can take the ones that mean the most to us and build off them to create something that really reflects who…

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