Keeping Up With Traditions

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Last updated on April 6th, 2021 at 02:05 am

Every family, every group of friends—every collection of people who’re joined by shared experience have traditions. It could be something as simple as having coffee and snacks after church. Or as complicated as having numerous relatives fly in from across the world for an annual event. So we all have traditions—but do we all respect them as much as we should?

We have moments in our lives where we’ll be challenged to make difficult decisions. Our priorities will come into question as we may choose what proves to be an unpopular decision amongst people who’re important to us—seeing a movie instead of spending time away with relatives. Or getting extra work done instead of attending the annual cookout with your friends. It’s at these times where we must choose: instant gratification vs. the tradition. Traditions are much like trust—they take ages to nourish and develop, but as soon as we take them for granted, they’ll fall apart with nary but the slightest nudge.

Last year, for example, I missed my family’s annual barbecue because Sarah and I had made previous plans to go camping. Even now, I feel like I missed out on a lot since those are the opportunities to catch up on what’s happening, what to expect in the future—for better or for worse, these are the times where we reconnect. So don’t take your traditions lightly—they’re there for a reason. If you choose to forgo a tradition because you don’t think you’ll be missed, or because you think someone else needs you more, or maybe because they’re always SO BORING—I warn you to watch your step, since soon enough, there may no longer BE a tradition to go back to.

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By Casey E. Palmer

Husband. Father. Storyteller.

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey Palmer the Canadian Dad spend his free time in pursuit of the greatest content possible.

Thousand-word blog posts? Snapshots from life? Sketches and podcasts and more—he's more than just a dad blogger; he's working to change what's expected of the parenting creators of the world.

It's about so much more than just our kids.

When Casey's not creating, he's busy parenting, adventuring, trying to be a good husband and making the most of his life!

Casey lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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