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Christmas Now and Then

Elsa Ayala, Staff Writer

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What was Christmas like 50 years ago?
Today, kids have adjusted to a Christmas or holiday tradition that they repeat every year. Each familial celebration differs even from what we, as children, did a few years ago. When I was little, I always had my own, smaller tree for myself. My friends had an Advent Calender, or hung specific paper decorations representing each day of December. Whether you did something particular for the holiday season, or just celebrated with your family, each child knows a slightly different version of Christmas. In 1967, “we did things for Christmas that people would never even consider today, like caroling in the snow,” says someone who vividly recalls the festivities of her own childhood. “One major change between holidays now and in the 1960’s is the large scale commercialization of Christmas. Advertising, sales, decorations and incentives to shop begin pretty much right after Halloween and go through the first week of January with after Christmas sales”.
The holiday season has also become more inclusive to round up Hanukkah and Kwanzaa under the umbrella of the holiday season. Some take offense at the blanket inclusive term “Happy Holidays” as opposed to “Merry Christmas” which is more direct and only addresses the Christian holiday. Whether you grew up caroling on Christmas Eve, and attending a Midnight Mass at Church, or opening presents and drinking hot chocolate around a fire, we are all accustomed to a particular holiday tradition. The holiday season has definitely changed over the years, but we still cherish the most basic ideals of family and friends and the celebration of a fantastic holiday.

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