What’s for Dinner?
Do you have plans for your holiday dinner(s) this year? Do you often celebrate the same traditions each year or do you mix it up? We have been doing the same things for Christmas for the last 20 years, so to me it now feels strange to change the plans. What is everyone else doing for Christmas?
Being the humans we are, I know that some of us who travel wish to be home during the holidays whereas those who don’t get to travel would love to do something new. Either way, during the end of the year I think we are all in search of the coziness of some version of Hygge. If you aren’t familiar with this you can read about it here: The Truth of Hygge: Embracing Nordic Living.
This got me thinking. Take a leap with me here. What is Figgy Pudding? What is British Christmas pudding? Are they the same thing? Wait, what is this about lighting it on fire?
NPR The Salt: What is Figgy Pudding: Finally, An Answer
Now, instead of finishing up my shopping and wrapping, prepping and cleaning, I instead will ponder this question, it is the winter solstice after all…
Why do we have holiday traditions?
Replicate, Replicate, Must Replicate
Someone, somewhere decided to do some “special thing” that one time, and that tradition will be replicated again and again, year after year. Maybe you’re thinking, “my traditions aren’t strange” and maybe it does seem perfectly logical to you to stuff an empty log full of food and cover it with a blanket and then beat it with sticks. Who am I to judge? There’s a saying I hear lately, “You, do you!” and it sums up my feelings on the matter very nicely. Hang pickles on your tree, stick a fruitcake under your pillow, do your thing.
Other Holiday Traditions
Anyway, here are some examples of some of the “traditions” we have. I just had this idea to write about this today, so you won’t find a masterpiece in this post, but enjoy. Give them a ponder if you dare.
6 Christmas traditions so strange they’re borderline scarring (CNN, December 21, 2016)
15 Weird Christmas Traditions Around the World (The Travel, December 8, 2018)
8 Truly Strange Christmas Customs (MentalFloss, December 11, 2008)
15 Strange Christmas Traditions No One Does Anymore (Best Life, December 21, 2019)
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