Christmas Traditions


It’s Christmas, once again. And no two families celebrate the holiday in the same way. Not even people in the same family, for that matter. This is a topic that I have been thinking about a lot in recent days. And I want to share my thoughts.

When I did Cultural Christmas back in 2014, I tried to cover holidays similar to christmas from other cultures. And, to be honest, I don’t think that it was very good. Cultural Christmas was interesting, but it didn’t resonate with readers. Tradition is a word that strikes me as ‘old’ and ‘solemn’, when I don’t think that it is. The Judeo-Christian definition of the word is as follows:

‘doctrine not explicit in the Bible but held to derive from the oral teaching of Christ and the Apostles.’

Oxford Dictionary

The non-religious meaning of the word defines tradition as being a custom which passes through generations. When it comes to this time of the year, these traditions include things like church, the nativity, dinner, presents are all associated with this holiday. But, as I think about it, how many of these traditions are followed by the majority of people in this country today?

Increasing multiculturalism and secularisation have made Christmas not just one holiday, but a spectrum of celebration under an umbrella term. Some people aren’t celebrating Christmas this year. One of the shops in Whiston, where I live, is actually open on the big day. You can go to that corner shop for a Mars Bar while The Queen’s Speech is on!

The purpose of this post isn’t to talk about religion, though. I actually want to talk about my tradition, and how they differ from other people in my family. One of the things I consider tradition is Mr. Rowling’s speech at the last assembly we had before christmas in Primary School. ‘You might be on holiday, but the cars, the buses, the vans, and the lorries are not’. Is that not a tradition? Its one generation sharing a custom with another.

Whenever Mr Rowling said that that was one of the ways I knew it was Christmas. In more recent years, I have celebrated the holiday by watching Queen’s Christmas Concert from 1975. I have watched this every year for a number of years around the holidays and was dismayed when I didn’t see it on the Radio Times (another tradition of mine). The next best thing you can do is download it and watch it on Christmas Eve (Which I intend to do).

And the traditions of the holiday don’t end with me. My brother and my mother have their own tradition. They watch the film ‘Nativity!’ every year at the cinema. And you know what? I think that those are better traditions than what has come before. Solemnity sucks. Tradition, however, is what you make of it. So do whatever you do, and do it however you want. I don’t call it christmas anyway, its Kweznuz.

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Since 2012, Benjamin Attwood has written for the If you Ask Ben blog.

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