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Traditions: Connecting past, present, and future

No time of the year is more associated with traditions than the holidays.

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's or another holiday,

there are a plethora of traditions that are celebrated widely and within our own circles.

But have you ever considered how something becomes a tradition?

When I worked in Student Affairs, staff always joked that all it took was doing something once for it to became "tradition." Because of student turnover and memory, staff saw traditions come and go with each new cohort of students.

The fact of the matter is that all traditions are created at some point in time. As human beings we have an inate desire to create and build something larger than ourselves, something that will endure. Our traditions provide a commonality of experience and create connections among those who participate. As present becomes the past, we take those experiences, memories, and connections with us into the future. As thus, by way of traditions we connect the past, present, and future.

At S•TEA•P, we're passionate about creating connections through tea. So it stands to reason that traditions are also in our wheelhouse. Over the next few weeks I will share ideas on how to create traditions with tea, more about how to incorporate tea into your holidays, and other practical tips.

Happy STEAPing,


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