The ChangingDad 12 Blogs of Christmas: 12. Change
I have really enjoyed writing these daily blogs over the Christmas period. They have helped me find a fresh perspective on our family Christmas, and to understand it more. I think I will also enjoy reading through them in years to come as they will provide a sort of benchmark of how things change over the years as the boys get older and we develop both as a family and individually.
Having read through them again today I think that, for me, change is one of the key themes that came out of these posts. Remembering how Christmas was when I was a child. Remembering those who are no longer with us. Thinking about how different Christmas is as the boys get older and how different they themselves are, and wondering what family traditions will emerge over the years. But also challenging whether past traditions should be kept and thinking about how we can find an approach to Christmas that works best for us and our situation. I am not sure that I have found many answers yet, but I am starting to find the right questions.
For me this blog is about change, it is right there in the title. It is about understanding how becoming a Father has changed me and my life, and how I can hopefully become a better Father and Husband as a result, and Christmas has proved an ideal time to assess this since it seems to put us under the microscope in one way or another.
This is the last of my 12 Blogs of Christmas and will also be the last post of 2012 so I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year, and to thank you for taking the time to read ChangingDad, it means a lot to me that so many people seem to like it and even find it helpful on occasion.
When I started writing this in June I was not sure for how long I would keep it going but change keeps happening and I seem to find plenty of things on which to reflect. I would also like to thank those nice people at babble.com for including ChangingDad in their Top 50 Dad Blogs of 2012. This means a lot to me as it tells me that I must be doing something right, and gives me the confidence to continue into 2013 with renewed impetus.
Until next year….