This I Believe

Michael - Hollywood, Florida
Entered on October 10, 2006
Age Group: Under 18
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I believe that tradition is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without tradition, there are no rules to live by and life is totally random. Tradition can range from what shoes or type of shoes you have worn to work or school since you were 12, to what you cook your mother and father every year on their anniversary.

Tradition for an infant, or young child, is very important. It is what their whole brain is based around. They are used to having turkey or brisket on high holidays, like new years and Christmas and Hanukkah. They are used to coming home after school everyday and taking a nap and then doing their homework and grabbing something to eat before their bedtime rolls around. They follow these habits or traditions the day they learn them and get used to the smooth flow of them. Sometimes, these traditions that children practice can help keep families together and bring adults and teenagers back to reality.

My younger cousin is still a strong believer in Santa Clause. Every year when my family gets together for Christmas, she cannot wait for Santa to stop by and bring presents for the whole family.

To keep her faith alive, and let her have the fun that she longs for, we take her around the neighborhood to see the Christmas lights that my uncle’s neighbors have put up for the spirit of the holiday. After she has had her fun and claims that she has spotted Santa, we take her back to the house to show her all the presents that “Santa” has brought for her and the family.

This is a very special tradition because it brings out the inner child in all of us- adults and teenagers as well. Even though we are able to tell her and teach her that there is no such thing as the man named Santa Claus, we chose not to because it ruins the point of her fun.

What tradition does for me is it keeps me in line with my values and my heritage. I will follow my traditions throughout my whole life, and I will also most likely come across new traditions that I will adopt as my own, because I believe that tradition is one of the most important things in a person’s life.