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Traditions vs Culture

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

All over the World people celebrate Christmas, but not everyone celebrates it in the same way so of course obligatory Christmas traditions vary from country to country too.

But did you know that modern studies of family traditions have found that it's the biological inheritance from parents and other ancestors, that the child also receives from them a heritage of attitudes, sentiments, and ideals which may be termed ‘The Family Tradition’, or ‘The Family Culture’.


Traditions are an important part of family culture. The things we do together routinely, over and over, become our family's traditions and define our family's unique family culture. These can be big or small, but they help define a family's culture and help strengthen families in a number of important ways.

Positive Effects of Traditions

Traditions have a number of benefits for the family, including but not limited to the fact that they:-

  • Provide a source of identity

  • Strengthen the family bond

  • Offer comfort and security

  • Teach values

  • Add to the rhythm and seasonality of life

  • Pass on cultural and religious heritage

  • Connect generations


Our culture shapes the way we work and play, and it makes a difference in how we view ourselves and others. It affects our values and has an impact on what we consider right or wrong. This is how the society we live in influences our choices. But our choices can also influence others and ultimately help shape our society.

Culture describes the shared characteristics of the entire group, which has been amassed throughout its history.

Tradition vs Culture

The main difference between tradition and culture is that traditions describes a critical piece of our culture. Traditions help form the structure and foundation of families and our society. Traditions reinforce values such as freedom, faith, integrity, a good education, personal responsibility, a strong work ethic, and the value of being selfless. Culture describes the shared characteristics of the entire group, which has been amassed throughout its history.


Because life is lived differently everywhere around the world you find different traditions, cultures and customs from all over the World which provide us with numerous benefits. Ultimately they provide us with a source of identity; they tell the story of where we came from and remind us of what has shaped our lives, all of which allows the connection of generations which strengthens our group bonds, and helps us feel that we are part of something unique and special. Whatever traditions you have that help with your mental health keep doing them and let’s pass these on for generations to come.

If you or anyone you know needs help dealing with traditions or culture that are in your family that do not resonate with

Listen To Podcast S2 E13: Christmas Traditions

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