The lovely old Christmas traditions we rarely see any more
Christmas is a time for the whole family to come together, often enjoying years-old traditions and making new memories.
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But while many traditions survive the years, others have died out … So do you miss the old ways?
There are age-old traditions that are likely to continue for decades to come, with everything from Santa Claus, through to decorating the house and tree, and cooking a Christmas dinner.
Seeing mistletoe hanging in a doorway or in the middle of a room still ignites the same excitement for some couples that it did in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, and decorations can be passed down through the generations, often appearing on the tree year after year.
A study carried out by Egmont Publishing previously found around 60 per cent of people think festive traditions are important to the celebrations.
But some traditions are beginning to diminish in popularity. Here are a few you may remember growing up with.
Making paper chains to decorate the home
Children across the globe enjoyed this activity right through to the past few years, as more affordable decorations became available.
Perhaps you made them at school? Or your parents set out the strips of paper to keep you busy in the holidays?
The simple act of sticking thin strips of coloured paper into round circles, interlocking with each other, would provide endless fun – and add a very homemade feel to your festive decor!
Putting an orange in the stocking
Wherever you grew up, you may remember receiving an orange in your stocking as a child.
It’s a habit thought to go back years, when oranges were seen as a treat for ‘being good’.
With that, you may also have received a piece of coal if you’d been naughty as a child – but hopefully alongside an orange too!
Going to church on Christmas Eve
Many people still honour the old ways and go to church, or at least a carol service, every year – but some families have moved away from it, choosing instead to spend time together at home.
Did you grow up going to church on Christmas Eve? Do you still go now?
While there are still choirs and small groups singing carols around the world, it’s died down in popularity in recent years.
Growing up, you may remember having a knock at the door, before opening it to find a group of school kids or even adults ready to serenade you.
What better way to celebrate the happiest time of the year, after all?
Sending Christmas cards by post
This tradition has lasted generations, and many people still send cards to their friends and family now.
However, with the birth of the internet and new technologies, it’s become easier to try out alternative options.
In fact, it’s now possible to send an e-card via email, saving on postage costs and taking less time than hand-delivering cards to neighbours.
Elsewhere, many people may now opt for a text or social media message to their contacts to save time but still spread the Christmas cheer.
Home-made decorations made out of popcorn or dried fruit
Whether you used dried fruit, strung up popcorn, or even made baubles and tinsel from wool and materials – many of you may remember making your tree and home decorations from scratch.
The house would be filled with ornaments and priceless sentimental possessions handed down from older family members.
However, as decorations are more now affordable, and so readily available, people are increasingly choosing to buy new – with fewer families honouring the old ways.