What is culture?

Many people have different ideas on what culture is. To some people, culture is a very broad word that can be used in religion and tradition. It could also be a very small word, such as culture being a family dinner every Friday night.

Personally, I think culture is some type of tradition that close friends and families share not only every year but every day. For example, culture for me is taking a trip down to Florida to visit my grandparents and celebrate Christmas with them. But what makes culture so important to me is when we have a special Christmas eve dinner that my grandma cooks. THAT is what exactly goes through my head when I think about culture. This tradition started with my generation, but I am hoping to carry this tradition for the future generations of my family. That is what I consider culture.

One question that I have for you is, what makes culture so powerful in the world, what makes it stay alive?