Traditions are important to my family. I can't explain the feeling they give, but anyone who observes traditions of their own don't need for me to explain. As my children grow older I have discovered that they relate those traditions to memories of joy and are very insistent that we continue the traditions. Some things they view as tradition I just viewed as "a necessary part of holiday preparation". I ran into a young person this week who told me they don't have any traditions. The young man had a very dysfunctional family and listened to stories of other families' traditions with rapt attention and longing tones of admiration. It made me wonder - what are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? Certain foods? Certain activities? We cook together, and that chattering in the kitchen has become a tradition, along with singing along with the Macy Parade. We watch the games and cheer for teams we may not even know. Of course we pray together and eat together. The day after Thanksgiving we hit the early morning sales with cocoa and checkbook in hand. That evening we decorate our tree. Then we sing carrols. When Christmas arrives - we will attend a midnight service on Christmas and we'll read the Luke account of Christ's birth.