Thanksgiving seems like more than just a week ago, doesn’t it? And this week, our family is already discussing plans for Christmas.
Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
My family isn’t just my brother and his family. Nor is it just my cousins and their families. Nor is it my sister-in-law’s sisters and their families. It is any and all who through hook or crook become part of our family.
Lovely as it may be, that means taking into account and trying to respect different family traditions.
A tradition is kept alive only by something
being added to it.
That’s not really a bad thing. When we lived in South Florida, I brought black-eyed peas to our extended family’s New Year’s Day gathering. If you’re from the South, you’ll know the importance of this tradition.
The human soul can always use a new tradition.
Sometimes we require them.
Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline
It soon became a tradition to have Black-eyed peas at our FL New Year’s Eve gatherings. (I also had to suffer through pickled herring in sour cream…someone else’s tradition.) If you’re interested, there are other food traditions for New Year’s Day.
The less there is to justify a traditional custom,
the harder it is to get rid of it.
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Have a fun weekend making new traditions and memories.