A tradition is defined as a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past.
Traditions represent a critical piece of our culture. They help form the structure and foundation of our families and our society. They remind us that we are part of a history that defines our past, shapes who we are today, and who we are likely to become.
The holidays can bring joy or dread for some people, but family traditions can help make them more enjoyable. Some folks go home for the holidays just hoping to survive, paying attention to their phones or TV to avoid conflicts with family. When dealing with grief or depression during the holidays it can make it hard to want to be in the same room with others. Whatever the ritual is, and no matter how small, a tradition can really bring people closer to one another.
There is a reason why holidays are celebrated year after year and traditions are kept from generation to generation. If it wasn’t fundamentally important to the human spirit to keep cultural celebrations consistent and meaningful, we might be inventing new holidays each year. I think part of the reason we value tradition is because it binds us to both the past and the future. Looking back in history books and family photo albums, we see pictures of people celebrating holidays, in similar ways as we do today.
· Traditions contribute a sense of comfort and belonging, that bring families together and enables people to reconnect with friends.
· Tradition offers a chance to say “thank you” for the contribution that someone has made.