Whatever your family's and friend's traditions, big or small, holiday or every day, they have special warm feelings that accompany them. Many traditions are based on a long history dating from previous generations that have been passed on just because that's what “they always have done.” Many of those traditions have deep roots that may not even be fully understood by the present generation. Asking yourself about the traditions that you value most, and what they mean to you, and then sharing those memories will help present and future generations understand and perhaps carry on your favorite traditions.
Giving others the freedom to incorporate new family traditions that evolve from generation to generation can be fun and a creative way to adapt what worked in the past to meet the needs of the present. Not everyone comes from a family of rich traditions and some may be unconventional, but always they are uniquely yours.
For those who do not have family, there are always friends and significant others in your life that add meaning and joy that may even become traditions. For example, if you are single and have no immediate family, you can start a tradition of beginning your holiday season by watching a vintage movie with a friend, such as Miracle on 34th Street, or going out to a favorite restaurant during the holiday season. By doing this, you create new memories in your life. Some traditions, such as the Jewish Seder, already incorporate goodwill by inviting a stranger to the family table to celebrate Passover. You can always share your family traditions with others by writing down what they mean to you or just by living them with new meaning and appreciation.