Christmas isn’t Chrismas…..
….without you…. Or at least that is how “The Boy Least Likely To” see it on their album Christmas Special. Personally I’m not so sure. Not least because I don’t know who “you” is and even if I did, having never spent Christmas with “you”, it would be hard to see how spending it without “you” would make it less like Christmas. Unless of course “you” is my wife, in which case I’d like to know why the fuck someone else is writing songs about Christmas not being Christmas without her.
But once again I digress…….
Rituals are one of the things that make celebration special. Humans need and have always needed ritual to bring them together, to give a shared sense of purpose and belonging and the warmth of collective understanding. Our memories are often strongly linked in one way or another to ritualistic behaviour and the repetition of this is a reminder of happy times in the past.
My parents have a specific Christmas bauble, which is in fact an old lightbulb. It has been kicking around the family for a long old-time and as a kid, placing it on the tree was one of those special moments that reminded you it was truly Christmas. When we are back there at Christmas I always look out for it and of course, it is always there. It isn’t big or special and to any normal person it probably wouldn’t have any relevance or import. But to me and my family, it does.
So in the penultimate Christmas Goodness post I really want to know what rituals are important to you? I love these moments that give me a glimpse into other people’s lives and make a bunch of names and faces become a little bit more real.