“Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as… as… as a fiddler on the roof!”
For Tevye, his three unmarried daughters decide to challenge the traditional Matchmaker as a way to find a suitable husband. The Matchmaker is the town gossip and you must see the movie on the ‘matches’ Tevye’s daughters would end up with if tradition has its way.
(*If you have not seen this movie, it is a great classic film for a summer movie night with the family.)
In defining tradition:
- It is 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.
Definitely, some traditions are keepers such as:
- Receiving gifts at special events birthdays, funerals, weddings
- Stage actors and crew before each performance gather together not to wish for ‘good luck’ but to break a leg instead
- Kissing under the mistletoe…hehe
- Thanksgiving dinners
- Summer BBQ cookouts
- Posting for SUNDAY POST : Famous Movies « Jakesprinter Sunday Post.
My personal traditions that I could break with:
- Watching football Super bowl
- Black Fridays
- Christmas shopping and gift giving frenzy
Finally, my favorite lesson from Tevye on tradition:
“Because of our traditions, we have kept our balance for many, many years. Here in Anatevka, we have traditions for everything: how to how to eat, how to sleep, how to wear clothes. For instance, we always keep our heads covered, and always wear a little prayer-shawl. This shows our constant devotion to God. You may ask, how did this tradition start? I’ll tell you. I don’t know.
But it’s a tradition. And because of our traditions, every one of us knows who he is, and what God expects him to do. ”
Do you agree traditions are a good way to let us know who we are?
What traditions are you passing on and ones you breaking out of?