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The Power of Tradition

Coffee Cake 

The True Meaning of Tradition


“Tradition is the illumination of permanence” 

~ Woody Allen


Everyone has a tradition of their own. Every year on the morning of Christmas my family and I have a coffee cake that was frozen from the grocery store, but it is not about what we do that makes this tradition special,  but about what it means to us that makes it special. If it wasn’t for tradition, our family wouldn’t have this special moment that means more that just an unhealthy breakfast together. Eating this coffee cake recognizes the connection and love every one of us has for each other. It makes our family remember that we always have each other, even with all the other distractions in our lives blocking us from family. We all sit at the table in the morning of Christmas together eating coffee cake because that is what brings us together. Tradition is something that helps you remember and look back or forth on something. For my family we eat coffee cake together because it brings us closer as a family. It helps us veer our minds away from the real life distractions like school, work and social life and the worries we have about all of it. It brings us together to remember that we always have each other and that no matter what happens we always will. When you have time like this with your family you look back on memorable things that you have had with your family because it makes you realize the importance of them. It also makes you look forward, because it makes you think of why you need to cherish you family. Tradition is the memory of the past and the positive outlook of the future. 



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Great job Ben. It was really interesting to read about how something as simple at coffee cake can bring a family together, and help them escape the real world. It was really interesting to learn about that tradition and to discover how important it is to your family.


I think your coffee cakes tradition is really cool and fun. I also really like your opening and ending lines. They are nicely deep and meaningful. You bridge the topic of your tradition and tradition as a while really well.


I like how much you clearly cherish and value your family, because it is one of the most important things that we can have. I also enjoyed reading about your tradition, it is very unique, and I can tell that it is special for you, good job.

Malcolm Clark

This is a very well written paragraph. Your family’s tradition seems cool and interesting. Also the meaning behind the tradition and what it means to you and your family is an important part of this piece. I had fun reading it, good job.


Ben, this is a nice piece. A little tradition of yours may reflect the power of tradition. "but it is not about what we do that makes this tradition special, but about what it means to us that makes it special." This line is excellent, this line perfectly defines the meaning of tradition. great work!

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