I've long held the opinion that children should be encouraged to create a tradition within the family. That would take the mystery out of an aspect of the world they will encounter as they grow into the larger community. Traditions are just things somebody made up and repeated enough that eventually the origins were lost. When children create a tradition they learn to create their world (and pick and choose from traditions other people made up).

"Studies show that traditions are quite important to family happiness. In fact, family rituals encourage children’s social development and boost feelings of family cohesiveness by 17%. They help provide connection and predictability, which people–especially children–crave. Without traditions, holidays don’t feel much different from ordinary life. And they’re a lot of fun.

So how do you start a family holiday tradition?"

Tips for Starting a Family Holiday Tradition — by Gretchen Rubin