The definition of a tradition is doing something twice, with an eye to continue doing it, like hosting a Super Bowl party each year, until you move, die, etc.

In our Lutheran tradition, we often get this tradition confused with necessary things, as all Christian denominations probably do. Think of your particular congregation's traditions, how they are presented, executed and reviewed, and you understand what I mean. As a child, Christmas Eve was the Children's Christmas Program, and that meant recitation, singing, laughter and the inevitable bag of candy, peanuts and oranges. I once asked my Sunday School teacher why we received the same stuff each year and she could only say nervously, because we always have done it that way.

If i were to write a book, I would call it, Neurotics in the Church--but I think someone already beat me to the punch. It is too easy to get upset about either changing tradition or maintaining it. Covid has monkey-wrenched so many of our sacred traditions over the last two years, so a healthy dose of common sense helps us:

Colossians 2:20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

Sometimes traditions become so ingrained and inbred that it is hard to see that they are not necessarily needed or even wanted. Think about how you may have fallen into the rut of tradition, where you hold to something that is not necessary for/to your salvation. Think of these things and repent of them as they are becoming idols. You are in Christ through faith, so walk in faith and pay attention to what you do, why you do it and how you enforce it. It may not even bring you closer to God, but only closer to your comfort zone and Jesus may call you to leave your comfort zone.