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Old 12-04-11, 09:38 PM   #1
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Many Holiday Traditions Fading Into Obscurity

I am sure that many of you are probably are overjoyed at the prospect of limiting or even eliminating the major Holidays hectic pace (and prices) from your life. Here is some food for thought:

"......former holiday fixtures being slowly relegated to oblivion. Once considered staples on par with the tree and dinner with all the trimmings, they're becoming as forgotten as last night's eggnog....."-
http://www.thestreet.com/story/11321615/1/6-holiday-traditions-fading-into-obscurity.html

As you look at the photographs and read the captions of our rapidly shrinking holiday spirit, keep in mind how much money and finances all around is the foundation of the letting-go of the festivities.

Do you agree with the article or not?

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I don't know that those things listed (aluminum trees and spray cans of fake snow) could be considered traditions. More like fads.

I think people don't watch a Charlie Brown Christmas on TV because they can watch it any time on DVD. It's a Wonderful Life was just on TV after Thanksgiving, so that hasn't gone away.

My workplace has a department Christmas party so that tradition is still going. I could see why companies not doing well financially would get rid of them, though. Better to axe the party than lay off workers.

I, for one, am glad to see tinsel go away. It made a mess and the cats would eat it and then you'd have to pull it out of their backsides because it would get stuck coming out.

I'm also glad to see the high-wattage light bulbs gone. I remember bumping up against one when I was a kid. Those things could get hot.
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Old 12-05-11, 11:26 AM   #3
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Naturally, cultures change, times changes, traditions change...so I don't understand the point of the article. It doesn't mean the world is going to end.
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Interesting article. Like Cbad said, some I wouldn't consider traditions. Aluminum trees are like polyester suits: a fad that's dead and should remain so And hail the LED tree! Brighter and more power efficient, so it's welcome.
But I hope the office party never goes away. Here at work we throw one every year with the intention that everyone will go back to work after lunch but we're usually to full and/or drunk to so we have a half day.
Now you want to talk old school tradition? I still celebrate Christmas like my grandpa did and my dad did. Christmas day is the first day of Christmas, and presents are given until twelve days later.
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I want my asbestos snow back.

I've been meaning to send Modo a gift.
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I don't know that those things listed (aluminum trees and spray cans of fake snow) could be considered traditions. More like fads.

I think people don't watch a Charlie Brown Christmas on TV because they can watch it any time on DVD. It's a Wonderful Life was just on TV after Thanksgiving, so that hasn't gone away.

My workplace has a department Christmas party so that tradition is still going. I could see why companies not doing well financially would get rid of them, though. Better to axe the party than lay off workers.

I, for one, am glad to see tinsel go away. It made a mess and the cats would eat it and then you'd have to pull it out of their backsides because it would get stuck coming out.

I'm also glad to see the high-wattage light bulbs gone. I remember bumping up against one when I was a kid. Those things could get hot.
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We watched "It's a Wonderful Life" on Saturday, and didn't realize that was half of the showings for it this year. I still prefer the DVD of "A Christmas Story", and not just because we can see it without sitting through the commercials.

I took part in another outdated Christmas tradition over the weekend by roasting chestnuts at a couple of events. Most people had never had them before, but they'd all heard of the song.
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I never worked anywhere that did a real office party. The best we ever got was a tame lunch, so Iíve missed out on the drunken regretful day after coworkers.

I still use tinsel. My parents actually had tensel made out of metal. We had to collect it off the tree at the end of the season and save it for next year.

No aluminum trees, but more of my friends and family are opting for artificial trees.

I wonít miss old lights. I love LEDís.

I live in FL. Even fake snow would melt here.

I think digital media has made the biggest change in holiday viewing traditions. When I was young (pre cable and VCR) you only got one chance to see Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. If you didnít catch it then you were screwed until next year, so you made darn sure you marked your calendar for all the holiday specials. Now children, like my daughter, can pull a DVD off the shelf or go to Netflix anytime to watch holiday shows. I think it defeats the excitement of anticipation. I still get excited to watch the old holiday specials, but my daughter isnít interested anymore.
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I miss the after Christmas tradition of gassing up on bourbon and dragging every thrown out Christmas tree on the block onto my neighbor's front yard for his suprise and enjoyment the next morning. Oh what fun!
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The author talks about "It's A Wonderful Life" like no one ever sees it anymore, then proceeds to mention that it's shown twice a year on a major network, every year.
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I don't know that those things listed (aluminum trees and spray cans of fake snow) could be considered traditions. More like fads.

I think people don't watch a Charlie Brown Christmas on TV because they can watch it any time on DVD. It's a Wonderful Life was just on TV after Thanksgiving, so that hasn't gone away.

My workplace has a department Christmas party so that tradition is still going. I could see why companies not doing well financially would get rid of them, though. Better to axe the party than lay off workers.

I, for one, am glad to see tinsel go away. It made a mess and the cats would eat it and then you'd have to pull it out of their backsides because it would get stuck coming out.

I'm also glad to see the high-wattage light bulbs gone. I remember bumping up against one when I was a kid. Those things could get hot.
+1. Seems like there are other traditions that have gone by the wayside. Carolers for one. Is that done anymore? I think I've had them come by once or twice in my youth (1970's) but never since. And Christmas cookies - while I know quite a few people still make them (myself included) it seems more and more I hear of people just going the store bought route.
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One tradition that hasn't gone out of style in my neighborhood is outdoor Christmas lights. I live on a cul de sac of Griswolds.
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One tradition that hasn't gone out of style in my neighborhood is outdoor Christmas lights. I live on a cul de sac of Griswolds.
The GF gives me grief about the lights on my bike, and then lights up the front of her place like it's Las Vegas.
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One tradition that hasn't gone out of style in my neighborhood is outdoor Christmas lights. I live on a cul de sac of Griswolds.
At my last house, the next door neighbor was determined to be the biggest and brightest on the block. So I let him. I would run a single string of lights across the front and be done with it.

Unless, we got freezing temperatures. Then I would break out all the lights and do the bottom of the enormous orange tree that was in our front yard. I couldn't reach more than half way up, but that was okay. All those warm lights kept the tree from freezing and allowed our organic oranges to ripen in January when I could do the California tradition of picking oranges while looking at the snow above me on the mountains.

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The only Christmas tradition I enjoy is eating a gingerbread man. I snap off his arms, legs, eat them, then the torso, and finally the head, believing the gingerbread cookie can actually watch me in utter horror the entire time.

I do like wrapping presents but I give so few (no kids here, just adults -- if a grown-up wants something, I'd rather hand over cash) that I miss hot glueing the wrapping paper and ribbons.

My brother did stay up for 36 hours to watch each and every showing of "It's a Wonderful Life" to observe the different edits. He was more inarticulate than usual after that marathon.
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+1. Seems like there are other traditions that have gone by the wayside. Carolers for one. Is that done anymore? I think I've had them come by once or twice in my youth (1970's) but never since. And Christmas cookies - while I know quite a few people still make them (myself included) it seems more and more I hear of people just going the store bought route.
I remember going caroling with my Girl Scout troup ages ago.

I still make Christmas cookies. A coworker at my last job used to have a cookie exchange party every year and I got all sorts of good stuff.
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I miss Wassailing. We used to go out caroling and the people would hand out either hot Wassail (A really good rum and Southern Comfort fortified nutmeg laced mulled wine), or mulled wine itself. It was great, and the drunker we got, the worse we sang.
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I don't know that those things listed (aluminum trees and spray cans of fake snow) could be considered traditions. More like fads.

I think people don't watch a Charlie Brown Christmas on TV because they can watch it any time on DVD. It's a Wonderful Life was just on TV after Thanksgiving, so that hasn't gone away.

My workplace has a department Christmas party so that tradition is still going. I could see why companies not doing well financially would get rid of them, though. Better to axe the party than lay off workers.

I, for one, am glad to see tinsel go away. It made a mess and the cats would eat it and then you'd have to pull it out of their backsides because it would get stuck coming out.

I'm also glad to see the high-wattage light bulbs gone. I remember bumping up against one when I was a kid. Those things could get hot.
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