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‘Tis the season to be jolly

Erin O'Reilly is a GCSE student interested in socia media and journalism.

Erin O'Reilly is a GCSE student interested in socia media and journalism.

  • by Erin O’Reilly
 

The origins of yule began in the northern hemisphere and has been celebrated for millennia.

Christmas time started off as the celebration of the winter solstice with the decoration of a tree and the yule log.

For centuries, the legend of St Nicholas has lit the season’s fire every year, and warmed the hearts of children.

Father Christmas has always been a symbol of generosity and good will. It is now feared that he is seen as just another present-source among young children of the modern generation.

Is it time we brought the real meaning of St Nick back?

When i was younger, I always thought Christmas was about receiving presents and praying for it to snow on the big day.

I never thought about the rushing and racing of the modern Christmas season. Everything about the time seamed placid. A bit like the calm before the storm.

However this storm rains holiday cheer, hits most corners of the globe and is a joyous occasion. Or so it would seem.

Recent years have proved difficult as families strive to fit the standards other people have set.

A glamorised festive season is what is left of old traditions. This time of giving used to be about token gifts shared by people who are close to us. Are there elements of these traditions left?

Obviously, times change and traditions modify with it. Although Christmas always has the same atmosphere.

No matter how much it can be criticised, this time of year is always magical in one way or another whether, it be a time of giving or receiving.

Erin O’Reilly is a GCSE student interested in social media and journalism.

 

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