1. /trəˈdiSHən/


      The transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.

      A long-established custom or belief that has been passed on in this way.

      I tend to call traditions baggage, and lately with our minimalist lifestyle we have been getting rid of a lot of baggage. So where does it leave our traditions? How do we decided which traditions to keep and which ones no longer serve a purpose. Which ones are true and which ones are built on consumerism. I think living minimally, or getting old, has forced us to look at what we really want our kids to take away from a tradition or celebration.

      Why do you celebrate? What traditions are necessary baggage for your family?

      This year we celebrated our family as it is and will be. We went to the beach where John grew up - gigging flounder, and casting nets. We ate sauerkraut made from my great grandmas crock and hand packed by the kids. We gave thanks for all those we love, have loved, and will love. We gave thanks for all those we don't know but sacrifice for us. We were silent and thoughtful.

      Here is to less baggage, and pray, it won't be easy going into this winter solstice season.

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