The online Merriam-Webster definition of tradition is: “a way of thinking, behaving or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc. for a long time.” The extended McCray family has many traditions: Grandma’s thumbprint cookies, Dave’s Fantastic Fudge and lottery tickets in the grandkids’ Christmas stockings. By definition, traditions do not change. However, I have found that as the McCray family grows, the traditions are tweaked and added upon. Each new generation brings their flair to the family get-togethers: from favorite recipes to board games to their stories that become part of the family’s oral history. Sometimes, new traditions are added simply to unite the family together in fun and laughter.
We look forward to the yearly traditions. We enjoy our family traditions. Family traditions express who we are through the generations. I pray that these traditions will always be a meaningful way to share love, acceptance, forgiveness, laughter, faith and sweet memories within our family.
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.