A traditional Christmas v. an untraditional one | Modern Mummy

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

A traditional Christmas v. an untraditional one

When we think of a traditional Christmas, our thoughts often turn to a Dickensian-esque Christmas with snow on the ground, roaring fires, 6ft trees, parlour games and the classic Christmas feast. Whilst the idea of a good old-fashioned Christmas appeals to many, some are forging new paths and are happily enjoying unconventional Christmases. So, what exactly do traditional and untraditional Christmases look like?

Christmas decorations 
A traditional Christmas will invariably involve a real tree - normally a fir or spruce. As well as being more environmentally friendly than an artificial tree, you can’t beat that evocative smell. It instantly makes any home feel more Christmassy - in a traditional way of course!

Untraditional Christmases tend to shy away from the classic colours associated with Christmas, like reds, gold and greens and instead opt for brighter colours. They tend to do away with a green tree in favour of black, white and even neon pink. Alternative Christmas decorations are about fun and frivolity.

Church services 
Traditionally Christmas Eve nights or Christmas Day mornings are spent at church singing Christmas hymns, listening to sermons and wishing goodwill to our fellow men. However, towards the end of the 20th century and into the 21st there was definite decline in the numbers attending church services, perhaps in favour of spending Christmas Eve at the pub and Christmas Day in pjs!

But, in recent years the church has seen a resurgence in Christmas attendance. This suggests people are finding comfort in a traditional Christmas service over an alternative Christmas spent solely at home.

Christmas dinners 
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without turkey with all the trimmings, right? Well one in twelve people are now enjoying an entirely vegan or vegetarian Christmas Day. They are bucking the traditional trend of turkey, pigs in blankets and stuffing, in favour of nut roasts, cauliflower steaks, and “butternut squash’age” rolls Even brussels sprouts are being given a wide birth in favour of honeyed carrots.

Others are going one step further and deciding not to cook at all on Christmas Day and are opting for ready meals and takeaways instead - and why not, Christmas is about creating your own traditions and not subscribing to what others do.

Whether you prefer a traditional Christmas to an untraditional one or vice versa, Christmas costs money - an average of £800 per household. You might need to spread the cost of Christmas or you might need to think of ways you can make savings. But Christmas is about more than decorations, presents and snow on the ground - it’s about spending time with loved ones. And that’s free!

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