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Power of Tradition

Power of Tradition

Traditions of A Generation

AliJah Clark


“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”

~ Unknown

Stories come and go, but tradition is forever. Growing up, I was accustomed to regular and familiar practices. But it took me a while to recognize that these practices weren’t going anywhere when I grew up; that’s when I learned what tradition was all about. From waking up every Sunday to the smell of stew chicken and corn, to the late nights talking to my mom with a cup of hot cocoa in hand. We do things like this so habitually that we take it for granted and don’t realize that so many families don’t have these nice traditions to get to know each other better. Family, friends, even your own actions define who you are; and who you are slowly shapes the traditions you or a group of people have. This is because creating traditions is a natural makeup of our DNA as human beings. We may not realize it right away, but eventually, they become more clear to us. One of the traditions my family has is one that we’ve been doing ever since I can remember. On Christmas Eve, everybody, usually only my little brother and I, are allowed to open either one gift from under the tree, or open our stockings. We usually choose a gift that we think is a new video game which leads to us in front of a screen until a Christmas morning. Another tradition my crazy family has is visiting somewhere new during the summer. Whether it’s out of the country or in the next state over, we always make sure we explore the rest of the world in one way, shape, or form. These traditions have shaped the man I am today because I will most likely pass on these traditions to my kids in the future. Reflecting on them, it is easy to tell that the little things really matter in life, especially if you’re doing it with your family. When we can recognize and appreciate traditions, the meaning of life is revealed.