Tradition: Remembering an Old Concept


Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 8, 2007 at 6:14 p.m.

America has been known for its ability to accept, retain, and incorporate the traditions and holidays of other cultures from around the world with that of our own. It is one of the many reasons I love America so much.

Every year, companies, churches, theme parks, and families spend more money to make Christmas and other festive holidays more spectacular than the last. Now we even have competitions to see which house on the block has the best lights during the Christmas season.

At first, these activities may appear to be innocent ways to arouse the Christmas spirit in everyone, but just like our traditions, these competitions have become stale.

Lately, it seems more like a hassle to buy a Christmas tree and break out the lights and tinsel and trim just for one day but many people do it because it is tradition.

However, I have noticed that tradition means nothing to some people. These individuals are less willing to take off time from work to spend the holidays with their families because they are afraid of losing one daysí pay.

What about the families that have absolutely nothing? What about those families that do not even have enough money for a pack of gum let alone toys and presents for their children?

This Christmas, I have learned that I can not take my possessions or family for granted. I have also learned that I should be more willing to sacrifice my time to help others instead of being caught up in myself.

Sometimes traditions, with time, can become jaded but the most important thing is that the meaning is never lost.

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