How willing are you to change your traditions? This year I have become really cynical over traditions since most people do them without really knowing why. We introduced some new things to our Christmas dinner this year (and last year), a broccoli gratin from New Orleans and a shrimp omelett, typical for this part of Sweden. Even though they were appreciated nobody really wanted to remove anything else even the things that noone hardly ever eats. It's like the things should be there just because they should be. Noone likes them but they should be there.
Or in contrast, I read some interviews with famous people in Sweden about their Christmas traditions, what was the one thing they had to have. One them (our prime minister's wife) said that it was her mum's almond cakes that they always have after dinner. Except two of her three children who are allergic to almonds.
I feel so bad for these children, that their mum has something that, to her, truly is Christmas and not everyone can enjoy it. And then, she went on by saying that one year she did not get the almond cookies “but I survived ha, ha, ha”. I have a newsflash for everyone reading this. You do survive a Christmas without something you would consider crucial. Maybe you will get the time to actually miss it. My dad always had nuts for Christmas, but when I got allergic to them (my mum is allergic as well, but I reacted to the nut dust that came when they were cracked) he gave them up for me. He would rather have me not sick for the entire month of December than for him to have nuts. And believe me he has survived and now, 15 years later, probably doesn't even miss the nuts.
That's one thing I like about my parents' place. I can eat everything I'm served without questioning the cooks or reading the ingredients. Mr Fatale likes the traditions more than me and he always says that he hardly gets to see is relatives other than Christmas. I don't really get the hype over Christmas. If you want to see someone, friends, family, whoever just invite them over. And do with notcie so that you make sure that they can come. Why must you see everyone over Christmas?
So, now that my rant is over, the question. Are the traditions really the most important part of Christmas? Would you change, or ignore, any of your traditions if needed?