I’m the kind of person that doesn’t mind what other people do. I believe everyone should be allowed to choose how they want to live, as long as it doesn’t mess up someone else’s life.
I don’t pay attention to what people are up to and I don’t mind what ever it is.
So to my big surprise I have now found myself to be very upset and annoyed, poking my nose into other people’s business on how and when they choose to say that Christmas is over.
Christmas traditions are very dear to me but I do believe everyone should be allowed to celebrate as they see fit. Or at least I thought I did. Every family has their own traditions but some are universal, or at least national.
In recent years some of these traditions has been overlooked. The fact that some people throws Christmas out the window as soon as Christmas Eve is over, well, it makes me mad.
The week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve is Christmas.
That’s the week it’s all about. We call this week ‘Romjul’. It’s Christmas Week, the days we spend all December preparing for!
A few years ago people began Christmas decorating as early as November and as soon as the gifts are opened, Christmas Eve, it appears to be over and done with. The very next day they put Christmas in boxes and move on.
I feel sorry for those who think Christmas is only about gifts.
According to tradition we put up our window star on the 1st Sunday in Advent. And we light one of the four candles counting down the Sundays before Christmas Eve.
The Advent color is purple and no Christmas decorations are allowed before the 23rd, little Christmas Eve. The day we also decorate our Christmas tree.
I have also started to decorate earlier. I start decorating december 1st and I’m all done in time for Lucia the 13th.
But like most people I decorate my Christmas tree on little Christmas Eve, the 23rd.
We have strong traditions in my country. The 23rd we all do the very same things and watch the very same stuff on TV.
When growing up our nation only had one TV channel, so the TV shows that ran during Little Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve morning have become a huge part of our Christmas traditions.
Preparations starts the first Sunday in Advent and Christmas itself starts on Christmas Eve at 5 o’clock (when the Silver boy’s choir starts singing on TV at 5′ o’clock on Christmas Eve it is officially Christmas, and it is also when most people start Christmas dinner).
And Christmas lasts til January 2nd. But according to tradition I keep my decorations up until the 20th day of Christmas when Saint Knut chase the holidays away.(it rimes in my language!).
So it upsets me to see people call it quits after the 24th.
What happened to our traditions?
Internet has changed many things in our lives, even our traditions. We let people in other parts of the world inspire us and we start to copy them.
It’s never a bad thing to broaden your horizon and learn new things, but we also need to have pride in our own culture and our own traditions.
The world is getting smaller and we are all getting more similar, so if we don’t hold on to what makes us unique I’m afraid it’ll vanish with time.
There are so many languages that no longer exists, so many traditions that no one lived to tell. Taking away people’s rights to their language and traditions has been a way of getting control over minorities for centuries. Today we seem to freely give them up, our language is changing and becoming more and more like English.
The final things I do before going to bed on the 23. is to fill all bowls with candy, fill all boxes with cookies, fill the sofa with Christmas cartoons, put the Christmas soda in the fridge, put all the gifts under the tree and fill the stockings to the rim. No one gets to taste, read, look at anything before Christmas Eve.
We spend Christmas Week enjoying all these things. But I understand that when you start everything in November, by the time Christmas week arrives you’re fed up. So why not leave Christmas til Christmas?!
Embrace your childhood traditions and add some of your own. But most important, spend this one week in the holiday spirit. Make plans that involves fun and family. It’s a quiet week meant to be spent with loved ones just being together. And spend some time to reflect on the year that’s passing and the new one to come.
We all need some quiet time, and time to just BE!