While others love easter, halloween, Finally a chance to spout about my favourite time of year EVER! But with a twist. haha.
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Owls bloggers started up two years and I’ve been a member since. We are a group of bloggers, youtubers and podcasters who do monthly blog tours discussing selected topic for that month. We are a group that loves to spread and promote acceptance within important worldly topics, disability, race, sexuality, human equality. Initially we used anime and pop culture only to discuss our monthly topics but now Owls has branched out beyond this into music, sports, books. The options are endless now for us and our growing group.
We are at the end of the year! YAY! For this month’s topic, we will be discussing what the holidays mean to us. Some of us have a religious perspective on Christmas, while some of us see Christmas as a celebration of family. For this prompt, we will be exploring how the holidays are celebrated around the world using various pop culture media. We will also describe what the holidays mean to us. Happy Holidays! – OWLS Team
Examples – I would like for you to draw on your own experiences when it comes to the holidays.
Before continuing onto you need to check out Megan’s warming Christmas post why she does love this holiday really but in retail people are a nightmare haha.
the sound of joyful stress this season brings. Ramped shopping centres, people cranky as hell to get these blasted presents, gotta order the ham or turkey. I get you, many get you the rush of stress Christmas brings, Joy turning to stress and standing factor in why so many hate this time of year. but why has this holiday turned the way it has?
Personally why this time of year gets busy for me is there are three birthdays to celebrate mine included, it’s great having your birthday two days before the festive day ahaha.
Back to the question fun fact back in 17th century there was a religious take over in Europe, Oliver Cromwell political influence and followers got rid of Christmas. The Pilgrims in America had stronger views than Cromwell about Christmas. Wasn’t till 1870 Christmas was redeclared as permanent holiday. 19th century is when America reformed the idea of Christmas for families time of ‘come together time’. Can’t forget the legend that is St Nicolas for giving us iconic Santa Claus either. Coming up with idea of a big man in a suit and gifting children with who live worse off, showing them kindness. St Nicolas is looked upon highly in UK but becoming a massive icon in America where the advertisement came to be for Christmas shopping.
I like to remember beyond the Christmas dinner and presents some of the history behind this time of year. Different for everyone in the world, but St Nicolas is one always think about how we started the idea of the gift of giving. But massing into the idea we need a thousand presents under the tree well nothing you can do about that. Christmas has formed into what it is today whether you hate it or love it, a tradition that will never change.
I feel lucky in my lifetime getting to experience to two kinds of Christmas’s. I miss dearly the cold Christmas back in my UK childhood, going over cousin’s houses and stirring up all sorts of trouble. One of my highlights was my nan always coming over for Christmas dinner to our house, she was one of the closet in my family I was with. We’d be playing board games in the afternoon and she would always loose. One of the cutest memories I have was getting a diary in 2003 on Christmas day, from then got me to keep writing in my journal. I like to look back on every year about how I excited I was to keep a journal. Maybe that’s where the love of writing started and set in motion this blog.
oo standing tradition with my family: Mince Pies and Prawn Cocktail *salivates* I CANNOT have a Christmas without either!!!
There were a couple of years we got an actual white Christmas day. Though always given snow would come before and after.
But never did I dream experiencing a hot, boiling Christmas?
I find it hilarious whenever posting on twitter every year about my excitement for summer and it’s December. . . oh it gets people every time. BELIEVE me took a long time to adjust to a whole new climate, I remember day me and my family arrived here it was 40 degrees (105F). Those airport doors opening, felt like you were in an oven and I raced back inside. Never had I experienced such an intense atmosphere.
Didn’t take long for me to turn from winter to summer lover, first time me and my family actually could have a BBQ for CHRISTMAS, it was a moment. Mean, you can have a bbq on xmas day in UK but make sure to wear 6 layers or more, ahaha. Pretty standard aussie tradition here for people to have a BBQ on xmas but people still have traditional Christmas dinners. Typically now me and my family always have a BBQ and seafood. . . it’s the best.
But. .. it’s no fun when it’s been one year 40 degrees on Christmas, god I hope it’s not that this year, you just hibernate whole time. So southern hemisphere is great, sometimes.
So not everyday you get to experience a hot and cold Christmas, I never dreamed it happen to me but vouch for both sides now. Between you and me warm Christmas wins now. I was suppose to link this to an anime but turned to story time.
Hope where ever you are in the world enjoy a freezing or boiling Christmas and a very merry xmas to all my OWLS peeps. you are all amazing !!!
Time for a wine now!!
It was crunch time with this post managed to write before I head off to work now. Next up on our Chrizzy tour is Aria from The AniManga Spellbook on 14th.
See you in the new year 2020!! my god this year has gone too fast.
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