Three Corners- Traditions

The word tradition comes from the Latin traditionem, acc. of traditio which means “a giving up, delivering up, surrendering”[1], and is used in a number of ways in the English language:

  1. Beliefs or customs taught by one generation to the next, often orally. For example, we can speak of the tradition of sending birth announcements.
  2. A set of customs or practices. For example, we can speak of Christmas traditions.
  3. A broad religious movement made up of religious denominations or church bodies that have a common history, customs, culture, and, to some extent, body of teachings. For example, one can speak of Islam‘s Sufi tradition or Christianity’s Lutheran tradition.

However, on a more basic theoretical level, tradition(s) can be seen as information or composed of information. For that which is brought into the present from the past, in a particular societal context, is information. This is even more fundamental than particular acts or practices even if repeated over a long sequence of time.

This months theme was very difficult for me.  I’ve felt like I’ve had a pretty transient life over the past 10 years or so.  Traditions were few and far between.  Now that I have a family of my own and am pretty settled I’m slowly building up little family traditions.

I absolutely love baking w/ Squidge.  It is hands down one of the  best things about being a mom for me.  I’ve had to cut the baking down to twice a month, my ass thanks me!

Wal and I also try to get out once a  month or so.  Nothing special, we usually go out for a couple of pints at our local pub.  Is this a tradition?  I don’t know for sure!

The thing that came to mind when Corey announced the theme was walking.  We as a family walk a lot.  I love our walks.  I love to take photos while Squidge explores, it’s a pretty good symbiotic relationship!  Once she gets a bit tired she’ll sit back in her chair then Wal and I talk.   As a couple we really need these walks. We’re away from the TV and the computer.  We chat about things we see.  If someone odd/striking walks by we make up stories about them.  We talk about everything, anything and nothing at all.

We also have our big holiday traditions.  I’ll be posting some of those as the holiday season gets rolling.  Now I’m off to do some baking with my daughter- ginger cake for a Gingajoy!  Today I’m off to a former bloggers house for a belated ex-pat Thanksgiving dinner.  I’m really excited about it.

Don’t forget to check out the other Three Corner posts.  Corey and Jenty

11 Comments

  1. SECRET AGENT MAMA
    November 30, 2008 /

    These photos are superb!

  2. SCM
    November 30, 2008 /

    They certainly are

  3. December 1, 2008 /

    you really really really rocked it, Lindy. Much better than I did. I had grand idea. then ran out of time to pull it off. sigh.
    Mine will be up tonight.

  4. December 1, 2008 /

    Cool pics. And yep those are traditions! Look forward to hearing about your Christmas traditions, I love to hear what others do..

  5. December 1, 2008 /

    great photos!

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  7. Jeanette
    December 1, 2008 /

    Oh wow, that last photo is just stunning!!

  8. December 1, 2008 /

    I think they all sound like wonderful traditions, i would love to take the kids a walk down that pathway. Looks wonderful (and i hear you on the baking, could do it everyday easily)

  9. December 2, 2008 /

    That first picture is precious!

  10. December 4, 2008 /

    The last photo is an absolutely awesome photo. Its one of those pics that I wish I had taken.

  11. loni
    December 4, 2008 /

    The pic with the trees is fantastic. The one with squidge is an excellent story telling photo; one that needs no words. Kudos