CHRISTMAS IS AN EVER CHANGING HOLIDAY. FROM ITS BEGINNINGS WITH THE BIBLE AND PAGAN IDEAS TO MODERNITY, TRADITIONS ARE VAST AND TRANSIENT. HERE ARE SOME TRADITIONS THAT HAVE CHANGED IN THE PAST FEW YEARS.
CHRISTMAS CARDS VS DIGITAL WISHES
Whilst no-one will deny the beauty and power of sending out a handwritten greeting, the truth is that when you’re running out of time to get things done, it’s just too easy to log-on, find a pretty picture and press send! You know your second cousin who you never see and that old work friend won’t mind.
LOTS OF GIFTS FOR EVERYONE VS MINIMALIST & CHARITY GIVING
It seems everyone is gifting lighter and smarter. But no ones missing out! With the emergence in popularity of health and environmental issues everyone is over the materialistic gluttony of years past and is participating in family and friend wide KK, or donating to a charity instead of buying a gift. With the launch of gifting apps parents can now even organise for givers to put in towards something substantial and out of reach for kids, rather than 20 unwanted space depriving gifts.
MAKING A GINGERBREAD HOUSE VS THREE-INGREDIENT DESSERT RECIPES
Gingerbread houses…I know they’re doing it in Bad Moms 2 but that doesn’t mean it’s a thing, right? I mean, ain’t nobody got time for that! Give me a no-bake 3 ingredient internet recipe any day!
LEAVING OUT MILK & COOKIES FOR SANTA VS REINDEER FOOD
Aah, the magic of milk and cookies on the mantle!Made the idea of Santa so real! But what about his ride? Well, that’s where reindeer food comes in. Upon research, I found out that it is a curious mix of oats, sequins and glitter! Magical yes but I hope no one is putting it outside to be eaten by the birds. Keep it right next to Santa’s treats!
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN VS ELF ON THE SHELF
Back in the day, being told Santa knew if we were naughty or nice, was freaky enough. Nowadays, Santa is just too busy so we have the creepy little elf keeping a watchful eye for the man himself.
CRAFTED STOCKINGS VS PERSONALISED SANTA SACKS
Remember the stock standard plain red stockings? The deluxe version, if you were lucky, had lovely felt trees and baubles glued on. None of that these days! Now we have super-luxe personalised Santa Sacks in gorgeous metallic lettering. I know which one I prefer!