Traditions can be nice. They can build connections to our past, bridge generations, and give us the feeling that we’re part of something bigger.
Traditions can also be oppressive. They can celebrate outdated morals, sanitized histories, and social structures that don’t fit us.
Traditions can be nice for some, and oppressive for others. The exact same tradition can be cherished gatherings for some, completely neutral for others, and anxiety-ridden for others.
If you’re finding that a tradition doesn’t work for those you care about, how might you re-think your tradition, or aspects of it, to be more inclusive? If you’re finding a tradition doesn’t acknowledge who you are, what new tradition could you make?