Tradition, Tradition! Tradition!

The holidays are rife with traditions, many of them decades— even centuries— old. Traditions are a link to the past.  Tradition means “handed down from one generation to the next.” Traditions remind us that we are not isolated individuals, we do not live in a vacuum; we are part of history, part of culture, part of a family.  The holidays themselves are a way of remembering the past, commemorating important events. We set aside a time to remember, to celebrate.

Our holidays, and our holiday traditions, are dear to us. But where do our traditions come from?