To Be an American In all of Americas history we have stole bits and pieces of traditions from other cultures. Throughout this we made new traditions of our own. Whether it is gathering around the table once a year to have a full course feast, visiting a loved one that has past away, and/or lighting up fireworks to celebrate our independence. This makes tradition inseparable in todays American society. Even though we all have different beliefs.
The one tradition that all Americans have in common is Thanksgiving. Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, rolls, stuffing, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and anything else we stuff our face with. This is the time of the year that we come together as a family and forget the entire ruckus that happens during the year. It started way back when Christopher Columbus discovered this continent. It never would have happened if the pilgrims didnt meet the Indians.
That shows you that it took two different cultures joining to celebrate to create an everlasting tradition. That is what American tradition is all about. Sharing with other cultures. To say tradition out weighs experience and vise versa is very ignorant. They coexist like peanut butter and jelly.
Who makes a peanut butter sandwich without jelly? It is just that plain and simple. We have learned from many people and things. That is why we have holidays. Columbus day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and Martin Luther Kings birthday have come through experience and we remember them to this day. They have shaped todays society and with their great minds and we have thanked them for that.
In all actuality, Americans have developed vastly since the taking of this continent. We have soared to become one of the most powerful countries on earth. We did this with experience and our tradition of being very hard workers. We started from scratch and now look at us. We are the people that so many envy.
All in all, Americans are people who combined their cultures and hard work to create tradition through their experience. That is what defines us as Americans.