I can think of 4 traditions we have observed faithfully over the years:
Spending the 4th and 24th of July at our mountain property
Cutting Christmas trees down
Bowling on Thanksgiving Eve
Stuffed celery on Thanksgiving Day
When our barn burned down we kind of lost our desire to go back to our property and for the first time ever we didn't celebrate the July holidays at the farm.
Cutting Christmas trees is the same story.
Bowling was a great tradition...one that wouldn't remind us of what happened at the farm.
But we managed to put an end to that when we bought the bowling alley and turned it into a charter school.
Are you sensing a pattern here?
If I get to Mom's house tomorrow and don't see stuffed celery on the table I may be looking for a new family to join...one that still has a tradition or two.
I'm just sayin' ...