Making Memories with Traditions

December 14, 2014 by Rose Cook

TraditionThis time of year is filled with friends and family, hustle, bustle and hopefully a lot of joy and happiness. It’s also a time filled with traditions, old and new, bringing everyone together in the spirit of the holidays. FlexPro recently held our annual holiday party, which in itself has become a tradition. This year we did something a little different by incorporating a game to get everyone engaged. It was supposed to be an ice breaker to help everyone loosen up and get to know one another since so many of us are spread out in different locations. To my surprise not only did it accomplish that, but it also turned out to be a LOT of fun!  So guess what? I think we’ve found ourselves a new FlexPro holiday tradition! As demonstrated by our holiday party, it certainly doesn’t take much to create a new tradition. It can be as simple as trying something new, enjoying it and deciding to do it again next year, then the year after and the year after that…

Recently a friend was telling me about attending the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade, something she’s been doing for 50 years. She grew up going with her family and now her kids are growing up going with all of their aunts, uncles and cousins. This year they even made the news! I started thinking about the various traditions my family and I have established over the years. Christmas Eve is the time when we all get together at my parents’ house. My Mom always makes lumpia (a Filipino eggroll) and we all sing the Twelve Days of Christmas. Each of us picks a number and that’s the part we sing. It’s a wonderful time that means a lot to all of us. Lots of food, lots of laughs and lots of great memories have been made over the years. My husband and I also always take a trip to Rockefeller Center with our boys to see the tree. It’s a day we spend together and look forward to every year. I know that my kids will carry some of both our older and newer family traditions forward with them as they grow up and, of course, add some new ones too.

Tradition is all around us all year long, even in the business world. There are many family-owned companies that we all know, and that have been around for generations, that built their success following the traditions of their ancestors. Companies such as Ford (founded in 1903), Anheuser-Busch (founded in 1860) and Mars (founded in 1923), brewed their beer, built their cars and made their candy following the formulas and traditions established back by their founding family members.

Probably the best known and most popular traditions have come out of sports. Notre Dame football players slapping the “Play Like a Champion” sign on their way out of the locker room, “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines”, in Nascar, Thanksgiving Day football, wearing white at Wimbledon, Kate Smith singing “God Bless America” at Flyers games…the list goes on and on. Somewhere along the way someone started each of these things probably never imagining the impact they would have.

Whether the traditions you enjoy this holiday season are generations old or just now beginning, know that they are part of you and your history and the memories that they make will last a lifetime! I’d love to hear some of the special traditions that you and your family share at this time of year and how they got started. And as it’s become our tradition at FlexPro, Lynn and I would like to wish all of our readers and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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