Rethinking Tradition: 17 American Customs the Modern World Wants Gone

How often do we pause to consider the relevance of our cherished traditions?This article lists some American traditions that might seem out of place in today’s evolving world.

Black Friday Stampede

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The post-Thanksgiving rush, famously known as Black Friday, often sees frenzied shoppers pushing and shoving for deals. With the rise of e-commerce and concerns about consumerism, many question the necessity and safety of this annual event.

Gender-Reveal Parties

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While some view these events as fun ways to share exciting news, others believe they perpetuate gender stereotypes. As understanding of gender fluidity grows, the popularity of gender-reveal parties dwindles.

Columbus Day Celebration

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Celebrating Columbus Day has been contentious due to historical inaccuracies and overlooking indigenous perspectives. Many states and cities now opt to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a more inclusive alternative.

Presidential Turkey Pardon

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Every year, the U.S. president pardons a turkey before Thanksgiving. Given the many pressing issues faced by the country, some consider this ritual unnecessary and outdated.

Tossing the Bouquet

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Originating from England, this wedding custom now sees brides tossing a bouquet to single female guests. Critics argue it underscores outdated notions of marriage and singleness.

Thanksgiving Football Games

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Watching football on Thanksgiving Day is as American as the turkey itself. But with growing concerns about the health and safety of football players, and the commercialization of the holiday, some question the place of this tradition in modern times.

Hazing Rituals

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While hazing is illegal in many states, it still occurs, especially in college fraternities and sororities. Due to the potential dangers and psychological harm, many are pushing for its total eradication.

Groundhog Day Predictions

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Isn’t it delightful to think a furry groundhog can predict the weather? While the idea is fun and rooted in tradition, it’s not backed by science. Luckily, we have expert meteorologists ready with accurate forecasts!

Wearing White After Labor Day

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This fashion rule has long lost its relevance, with many deeming it unnecessary and restrictive in the modern era of style freedom. As contemporary styles evolve, many find this rule outdated and limiting.

Chain Restaurant Birthdays

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Public birthday celebrations in chain restaurants, complete with clapping and singing, have become common. However, some diners find this approach overly conspicuous and disruptive.

Pledge of Allegiance in Schools

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Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is a long-standing American tradition. However, debates around freedom of expression, nationalism, and the separation of church and state have put this practice under scrutiny in recent years

Homecoming Celebrations

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Homecoming, celebrated in high schools and colleges across the U.S., includes events like parades, football games, and dances. However, discussions around inclusivity, especially when it comes to homecoming king and queen crowning, have emerged in recent years.

Elf on the Shelf

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The Elf on the Shelf tradition sees an elf observing children during the holidays. Some believe this practice might subtly introduce notions of surveillance to young minds.

Pyrotechnic Fourth of July

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Fireworks are a staple of Independence Day celebrations. Nevertheless, the environmental and health impacts of pyrotechnics are prompting discussions about potential alternatives.

Mascot Stereotypes

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Sports mascots with origins in racial or ethnic stereotypes face scrutiny. The growing emphasis on cultural sensitivity sees a push for mascots that respect diverse histories and backgrounds.

Sweet 16 Extravagance

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Extravagant Sweet 16 parties, while a rite of passage for some, are viewed by others as excessive. The grandeur of these celebrations may set lofty standards and pose financial challenges for families.

Yearbook Superlatives

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Yearbook superlatives, such as “Most Likely to…,” pigeonhole students into specific categories. There’s a growing sentiment among educators that this tradition can be restrictive, with a preference for acknowledging the diverse talents of all students.

READ MORE – BOOMERS HAVE SPOKEN: 18 TRADITIONS THEY WANT TO UPHOLD BUT GEN Z SAYS “NEED TO GO”

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As boomers fondly clutch onto practices that evoke nostalgia, Gen Z is at the next counter, eagerly trading in the old for a dash of modern sparkle. From handwritten notes to digital memos, from piggy banks to digital wallets—the dance between ‘then’ and ‘now’ has never been more lively. Join us as we explore 18 traditions that boomers want to uphold but Gen Z says need to go.

BOOMERS HAVE SPOKEN: 18 TRADITIONS THEY WANT TO UPHOLD BUT GEN Z SAYS “NEED TO GO”

16 THINGS MEN KNOW (BUT WILL NEVER REVEAL TO THE LADIES)

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Have you ever wondered what men really think or do? Then look no further. A recent internet survey asked, “What are some ‘guy secrets’ girls don’t know about?” Here are the top 16 answers:

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18 BABY BOOMER SLANG PHRASES THAT MAKE MILLENNIALS SCRATCH THEIR HEADS

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While it’s easy for younger generations to feel like they’re steeped in slang, Boomers know that some of the best phrases have been passed down for years. Think you’re hip to all of them? Read on for 18 popular phrases of Baby Boomer slang. 

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20 THINGS OLD PEOPLE LOVE THAT THE REST OF US DON’T UNDERSTAND

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Different generations enjoy different things, but have you ever seen something an old person loves and thought to yourself, why? A recent internet survey asked, “What is something that old people love that you don’t understand?” Here are the top 20 answers.

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20 THINGS WE DID WHEN WE WERE YOUNG THAT WE REGRET NOW

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It’s easy to say hindsight is 20/20, but what advice would you really give your younger self? Here are 20 things that most people did when they were young that they regret today. 

20 THINGS WE DID WHEN WE WERE YOUNG THAT WE REGRET NOW