Tradition doesn't have to be traditional. I heard this phrase yesterday and I loved it. A tradition is a long-established custom or belief that has been passed down and repeated. It is something that is important to people and is continued through the ages. Whether you are in the fire service, or on a team, or go to a particular school, or do certain things on your birthday, or something you do on holidays, traditions are those activities that make that thing special. They are unique to that specific activity and group. For example, when football teams smack a sign or a piece of wood from the old days right before they run to the field, this is their games tradition. For me, one of my Christmas traditions is to not listen to ANY Xmas music until Dec 1 and then once it hits, I ONLY listen to Xmas music. I used to have my firefighters listen to it all day long in the station and the engine. But the phrase above is great because it opens your "traditions" to be anything. The traditions can be YOUR traditions. Just because it isn't the exact setup or performed the exact same way, it is still important and isn't any less than the normal version of the tradition. We all have so many different lives than when we were younger. We have great memories attached to doing thing a certain way. But it doesn't mean that if it isn't done the EXACT same way today that the tradition is wrong. The feeling is there. The importance is there. The main points of the tradition are there. So when you are out and about doing your holiday thing and you feel like this year will be different because this isn't there or that's not happening, it doesn't mean the holiday is ruined or that you aren't following your traditions. Maybe you had to change and modify this or that. It's ok! Is the core there? Then the tradition is there. I guess what I'm saying is that if your holidays are different than they normally are, of they will be different now, or this year is different than its ever been, know that you might just be creating a NEW tradition based on the original. Its still as important, as special, and meaningful. Tradition doesn't have to be traditional!! :)

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