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Bonus December Prompt 187: Tradition

December 7, 2013

This month, I will be offering four bonus prompts in addition to the prompts that Yousei Hime will offer. With this being the holiday season, I thought it would be a really cool thing to offer holiday-inspired bonus prompts. You don’t have to write holiday themed or holiday topic poems. Just relax, and let your thoughts lead you.

Today’s prompt centers around the word “tradition”. (Speaking of which, thank you Yousei for the idea for this prompt.:))

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Tradition typically arises out of religious holiday celebrations. For example, some of you soon will be celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (it normally falls on December 8, but is being celebrated on December 9 this year since December 8 is the second Sunday of Advent). Speaking of Advent, some of us will be celebrating it, Christmas, and other holidays immediately to follow. Some of us just finished celebrating Hanukkah and some will be celebrating Kwanzaa in a few weeks. And let’s not limit things to the typical Western holiday season. The Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr along with Ramadan was celebrated this summer, and the Indian holiday Diwali in early November (all over the world, I might add).

And let’s not forget secular traditions. Football on Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday (I could rave on about crass commercialism here, but I’ll digress). Homecoming dances and football games. And what about personal traditions? For some, going out clubbing on Friday nights are a tradition. Going to the weekly poetry night can be a tradition. You get the idea.

So, with some of this in mind, let the notion of “tradition” seep in your mind. Meditate on it. What does it mean to you? What traditions do you and your family celebrate? What is your connotation (either positive or negative) of the word? Do you embrace tradition — or do you run away from it as if you’d tried to rob God on the subway at gunpoint? Or you could go completely slant with this one, writing about tradition indirectly, from a sideways angle. The choice is yours.

So…write that tradition poem, going in whatever direction it takes you.


  1. December 7, 2013 5:42 am

    And here is my poem:


  2. December 7, 2013 6:00 am

    Hum……I wonder
    Where my tradition of
    Christmas was born
    I’m afraid I have always
    Been a wee bit preoccupied
    During the holidays

    When others were
    Out and about
    Having fun
    Partying down
    I was in the studio
    Following an idea

    When my son was young
    I did what was demanded
    I decorated a tree
    Made cookies
    I made less each year
    One year I stopped

    I collected gifts
    Wrapped them
    Bestowed them on
    Shipped them
    To Friends
    Now I only give
    What I have created
    I always give to the child
    On the street
    At this time
    I give more

    I remember my last tree
    It was beautiful
    It filled the room
    With good cheer
    And sweet smell
    Of evergreens

    But, my heart was low
    I vowed it would be
    The last
    It all seemed to take
    Too much time
    Too much money
    And too much time
    To put away

    Our tradition now
    We will
    Make Christmas
    New Mexico style
    A pot of beans

    Perhaps we will light
    A candle
    We will marvel at the
    That nurtures us
    A crystalline sunset
    A single star in the heavens
    A crescent moon

    On Christmas Eve
    We will go to the
    Celebrate Christmas
    With the Native People
    At the foot of the mountain
    Bright orange
    Sparks will fly against
    A dark blue sky
    Church bells ring
    Gunshots sound
    Memory of all that
    Was primal

    Not the Christmas
    I grew up with
    But my own

    • December 9, 2013 11:17 am

      Creating new traditions is a very cool thing. You mentioned New Mexico…I grew up in Arizona and I really miss it. 🙂

      Happy Holidays, and thanks for playing. 🙂


  3. December 7, 2013 6:37 am

    Hope to find some peaceful time to read tomorrow…
    have a ‘family’ activity today 🙂
    Be safe and stay warm all of you folks who are in ‘snow belts’.

    • December 11, 2013 11:04 am

      I hear you about “snow belts”. I really liked the poem. 🙂


  4. December 7, 2013 9:50 am

    Here’s mine, and I’ll read and comment later tonight.

  5. December 7, 2013 10:18 am

    This is a tradition that grew up in the area where I live. People still follow it, even though they can afford the most expensive trees, the quarry trees are a, well, tradition.

  6. December 9, 2013 6:53 am

    Mine’s really brief.

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