Traditions are a complex subject for me. I don't mean that in a bad way. I did not grow up in the U.S so back home, we are all about tradition and most everything revolves around it. A lot of it revolving around food. Traditions and superstitions somehow become one and all you know is you do things some days or some ways because that is what your family always did.
Whether it is going to cemetery every year on day of the dead and partaking of a picnic "with" your departed loved ones (yes, that's a thing), eating twelve grapes at midnight on New Year's, having a blessing before a holiday meal in which everyone participates or waking up at 5 am Christmas Day to beat the crowds to the beach (yes, that's a thing as well) honoring your old family traditions is harder when you move to a new country and find that some of your old holidays don't exist here and you learn that there's a couple you didn't know about!
Although I respect people who move to this country and continue to live as though they are still in their country of origin, I have chosen to embrace and absorb the American culture while still honoring the values and traditions I grew up with. I will not get political because this is not the place or time for that but you are in America, therefore you speak English and you adjust yourself to this country not the other way around. Imagine a vinagrette, if you will, I choose to keep it emulsified rather than separated ;) that's how I find my middle ground.
I am very close to an amazing Southern family, my second family and I have been taken into their wings ever since I moved here. I have been part of their traditions for several years now and have learned from their own traditions. Here they get together and bake Christmas cookies in a similar manner that families make tamales for the Holiday back home. There are so many similarities and differences at the same time. This has allowed me to find a compromise between old and new and adjust my own traditions to who and where I am.
So, while I have learned to appreciate putting up Christmas after Thanksgiving instead of first Sunday in December ( like we used to do) or Ham for New Year's dinner instead of turkey and tamales, I still eat my 12 grapes for "good luck" and have gotten others partaking in it ! Of course my all time favorite family tradition that is nearest and dearest to my heart was staying up until midnight on Christmas and New Year's Eve so that everyone could give each other a hug each other once the clock struck twelve. It was so fun and sweet how everyone ( adults and children) would scramble around to make sure you didn't miss anyone. Those hugs are something really special and the greatest tradition of all!