Weekly Reads: Holiday Traditions Edition

For the first time in a few years, I decided to revive a Christmas tradition… getting sick for the holidays! I’m still feeling a bit under the weather, but I still want to share with you a few of the things that piqued my interest this weekend.

Speaking of traditions, I often wonder what exactly makes something a tradition. Is it merely the intention for something to become traditional (such as the “First Annual Such-And-Such”) even if it only happens once or twice, or is there a point in time when you’ve done it so often that it is made to be traditional. And if you take a break from the tradition — say, not doing it for a year or two (if it’s an annual tradition) — does it still count as a tradition if you “revive” it?

Yes, these are the things my mind ponders while the rest of my body is preoccupied with the activities of the immune system.

If you would like to pass on anything you think I might be interested in, post the link as a comment to this thread! I’m always looking for new things to explore. Note that comments on this site are moderated, especially if they contain links, so if it doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry!

New Year, New You?

New Year’s Resolution Workshop (from The Simple Dollar). After Christmas, many people start thinking about setting New Year’s Resolutions. With economics on everyone’s mind, Trent at The Simple Dollar has a five-part series queued up to examine some of the popular resolutions that people make with regards to money. Trent’s aim is to “evaluate some of the traps that people fall into with regards to that resolution, and come up with some real actions that can turn a challenging New Year’s resolution into a success.”

Living in Denial Isn’t Living (from Someday Syndrome). A lot of people have big plans for starting a new year “off right”. A big key to making change in your life, though, is to make sure that you are living in alignment with your own truth — there’s no point in trying to align your life with falsehoods, since all that will give you is a troubled path. Alex really hit the nail on the head in this article, and I loved this question; it’s something I think we can all benefit from mulling it over from time to time: “So, are you wasting time not recognizing something that’s true for you?”

Information, Knowledge and Wisdom (from Early Retirement Extreme). For the new year, would you rather be good at processing information, would you rather have lots of knowledge and be really smart, or would you rather have wisdom? Jacob makes a very good point about the relationship between these three — and makes a case for integrating the whole, rather than focusing only on one or two aspects.

Bonus Material: Worth Investigating

If you’re looking for a movie to watch during the cold winter nights and enjoyed movies like Apollo 13, I recommend giving Everest a viewing. This It may be a bit hard to get your hands on, especially if you’re outside of Canada, but if you can find it, I’d say go for it.

If you prefer the written word, Leo over at Zen Habits not only has a list of twenty non-fiction books he recommends (there are several I’ve read, and several more I want to read!) and he’s released a free e-book, Thriving on Less: Simplifying in a Tough Economy.

And finally, for the photoshoppers in the crowd… One of the projects my mom worked on during December was a photo album gift for her father’s 80th birthday celebration. While visiting for Christmas, I had a chance to look at the scrapbook, and it was great! We really are fortunate that we have so many great photos of many of our ancestors. But what if you only have photos that are badly worn — or worse, torn and ripped? Check out this tutorial from PSD Tuts on Professional Photograph Restoration Workflow.