Which Traditions Help You Become the-Best-Version-of-Yourself?

Week 3, Day 5

Dominick Albano is Dynamic Catholic’s RCIA team leader and co-founder of Arise Missions. Dominick enjoys playing baseball, going to the beach, and eating burritos. He and his wife live in Kentucky with their three young children.

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I’ve loved getting to spend time with you this week.

We talked about how we become the-best-version-of-ourselves.

We talked about the journey of the soul, how we get from point A to point B. We talked about happiness and how the-best-version-of-ourselves is the surest way to lasting happiness. We talked about how we make good choices.

And yesterday we heard from Maricris, who shared with us her story of how her daily decisions have led to becoming the-best-version-of-herself.

Next week we’re going to hear from Brian, who’s going to take all of this—he’s going to wrap it all together—and really show us how we have a great Christmas.

Here’s what I’d like us to do this weekend to make sure that we’re really prepared for next week.

First, let’s take a long look at our habits and our traditions surrounding Christmas.

Second, when we look at those, let’s really decide which ones help us have a great Christmas, which ones really don’t make a difference, and honestly, which ones are just distractions.

Third, let’s eliminate those distractions. Let’s take out the things that don’t really make a difference and hold us back from what matters most.

You can do this.

You can figure out what matters most and eliminate the things that hold you back.

I know it. I know you can. And I know that if you do this, it will have a huge impact on your Christmas.

Your essential purpose is to grow, change, develop, and become the-best-version-of-yourself. Do your Christmas traditions help you do that? Will they help you prepare for Jesus’ coming? Follow Dominick’s three-step process to decide which Christmas traditions to keep and which ones to consider eliminating.

  1. Take an inventory of all the habits and traditions that make up your typical Christmas.
  2. Look at each one and determine which ones will help you become the-best-version-of-yourself this Christmas, which ones don’t make a difference, and which ones are just distractions.
  3. Eliminate the things that are just distractions, even if they are fun or old traditions.


Your Christmas traditions can help you become the-best-version-of-yourself.


Use your Christmas habits to discover the wonder and joy of Christmas.


Jesus, help me to surrender the things that will not lead me to you this Christmas.