According to dictionary.com, tradition is explained as this:
Tradition [truh-dish-uhn] –noun
1. the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, esp. by word of mouth or by practice: a story that has come down to us by popular tradition.
2. something that is handed down: the traditions of the Eskimos.
3. a long-established or inherited way of thinking or acting: The rebellious students wanted to break with tradition.
4. a continuing pattern of culture beliefs or practices.
Now, I don’t have any beef with tradition really, but more so the people that pull the “we have to do it this way, because it’s tradition” card, without really embracing the true meanings behind things.
For example, when Jen and I got married, we kept going to my folks’ house for Christmas morning, due to tradition. The tradition is that mom cooks a gigantic breakfast where we all (and I mean ALL of us) sit and converse, engage and enjoy a seldom-had moment of old family time before the assault on Christmas wrapping begins. We don’t do this because “it’s tradition;” we do it because of the ideas behind it, mainly grabbing a rare moment with everyone back together at the house. That’s why I go home for Christmas; the presents are merely a bonus.
So I challenge you; the next time that you’re eager to do something because “it’s tradition,” I want to you really think of the beliefs and values associated with that tradition and see if that’s the reason you’re really doing it.
Because if it’s not, maybe it’s time to start your own tradition. One you believe in.