Giving and sharing are what make these traditions so personal and so valued. As the years pass we realize that what we were given, what was shared with us, is perhaps the greatest of gifts we have ever received. The only thing that makes that feeling even more prized is when you can pass along the same joy to the next generation.
Each generation updates the tradition, adds its own personal touches but in most cases retains the core warmth and love in the same manner that it was given. Technology and changing times play an important role in how we celebrate these traditions but it’s never been about the method of celebration. True traditions have always been about the people and the ability to share experiences while passing along the values we find so important.
So as we race through this short holiday season take time to cherish these annual traditions that all too often come and go in the blink of eye. Give thanks for the family and friends with whom you’ve shared your traditions over the years. Realize that it’s your honor and responsibility to pass along these traditions to the future generations. Know that these simple traditions serve as the fabric of our democratic nation and nothing does more to strengthen that fabric than to share these valuable traditions with pride, joy and love.
All traditions, old and new are to be respected as a celebration of the freedom we all enjoy in a country that is unlike any other. May this season of traditions be memorable for you and those with whom you share your precious memories.
Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.