Amanda (karma0chameleon) wrote in crazyholidays,
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a little help?

Thanks so much to everyone who responded, your help is greatly appreciated :)
Merriest of Christmases to all!

Hey I'm not sure if this is allowed, in which case you can delete this entry, but it's Christmas-related so I figured it was worth a shot.

I'm a college freshman and I need input for my final paper in Anthropology, which is a study of Christmas and family traditions. I've got some survey questions, if anyone would like to answer them that would be incredible!!!



So basically I'm looking at people's ideas about Christmas traditions, their own, other people's, widely accepted ways of celebrating vs your own unique ways, etc. Just let me know what you think, and maybe give me a brief explanation whenever possible. You can pick and choose if you don't want to answer all of them.

1) What is your favorite holiday tradition? (If you were to complete the sentence "Christmas would not be the same without .... because .... ")

2) What does your family do every year that has become a part of your personal Christmas experience? This could be good, bad, stupid, funny, whatever.

3) Give an example of a time when something about your Christmas was drastically different. Was the change good or bad?

4) Which widely accepted / mainstream Christmas traditions do you appreciate the most, & why? (Which of these traditions do you follow)

5) Which mainstream traditions bother you the most & why? (Aspects of the general idea of Christmas that you reject)

6) If you're currently living away from home, how does being away affect your views about the holidays? How have your ways of celebrating changed to fit your new lifestyle? (Do you try to do things that seem more like home, have you found new ways to celebrate, do you even notice...)

And now, just because it's fun, let's rank the following things on a scale of 1-10. (10 being essential to your Christmas experience or things you love about the season, 5 being neutral, and 1 being spawn-of-satan, don't you dare ruin my Christmas with that!)

a. Holiday shopping (i.e., day after Thanksgiving sales)
b. Christmas trees / lights / decorating
c. Holiday music
d. Gift-giving (obligation vs choice, who you give them to, whatever this entails for you)
e. Santa Claus
f. Holiday movies & TV specials
g. Jesus, church, religious aspects
h. food (baking, specific foods that you must have, etc)
i. Christmas spirit / season of giving / holiday attitude

[For statistical purposes, please include your gender & age as well]

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
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i'm an 18 year old female
1) What is your favorite holiday tradition? (If you were to complete the sentence "Christmas would not be the same without .... because .... ")
family, giving, and expressing appreciation to those you love

2) What does your family do every year that has become a part of your personal Christmas experience? This could be good, bad, stupid, funny, whatever.
we celebrate christmas at my grandmas house, exchange all our presents there every christmas morning and have dinner there...we also have christmas eve dinner at a different family members house every year

3) Give an example of a time when something about your Christmas was drastically different. Was the change good or bad?
i didn't visit my dad last year at christmas..it was really good. at the same time the years my uncles family isn't there christmas morning it is bad and always feels like something is missing. however, when our whole family uprooted and visited his family one christmas, it was really good.

4) Which widely accepted / mainstream Christmas traditions do you appreciate the most, & why? (Which of these traditions do you follow)
christmas t.v. the movies on t.v. around/about christmas are generally better, they have stronger values and focus on giving. i absolutely love abc family's 25 days of christmas.

5) Which mainstream traditions bother you the most & why? (Aspects of the general idea of Christmas that you reject)
i do hate how some commercials make it focus all around the greatest gift you could give, it's all about material, christmas should be about giving, but it shouldn't be about giving the most expensive gift possible, or wanting the most expensive gift possible.

6) If you're currently living away from home, how does being away affect your views about the holidays? How have your ways of celebrating changed to fit your new lifestyle? (Do you try to do things that seem more like home, have you found new ways to celebrate, do you even notice...)
i'm still trying to practice my normal routine but my roommate refuses to allow me to get a t.v., so currently i'm being deprived of all my most favorite christmas specials, i'm going home though, so nothing about christmas will change too drastically.

And now, just because it's fun, let's rank the following things on a scale of 1-10. (10 being essential to your Christmas experience or things you love about the season, 5 being neutral, and 1 being spawn-of-satan, don't you dare ruin my Christmas with that!)

a. Holiday shopping (i.e., day after Thanksgiving sales)6
b. Christmas trees / lights / decorating9
c. Holiday music7
d. Gift-giving (obligation vs choice, who you give them to, whatever this entails for you)10
e. Santa Claus6
f. Holiday movies & TV specials8
g. Jesus, church, religious aspects9
h. food (baking, specific foods that you must have, etc)9
i. Christmas spirit / season of giving / holiday attitude10

[For statistical purposes, please include your gender & age as well]
thanks for your help!!! merry Christmas!!

Why not?

Anonymous

December 5 2005, 20:38:24 UTC 12 years ago

I'm a twenty-year-old female.

1) What is your favorite holiday tradition? (If you were to complete the sentence "Christmas would not be the same without .... because .... ")
Christmas wouldn't be the same without our family get-togethers, because that's such an integral part of the beauty of the season - getting to see everyone is, at least for me, a lot of fun and a great time to catch up with relatives I don't see very often.

2) What does your family do every year that has become a part of your personal Christmas experience? This could be good, bad, stupid, funny, whatever.
Well, this isn't always a bad thing but it isn't always a good thing - my father makes us drive out to a Christmas tree farm about forty minutes from our house and wander around for at least an hour before settling on a tree. It's an okay tradition - not my favorite, but whatever.

3) Give an example of a time when something about your Christmas was drastically different. Was the change good or bad?
In September of my senior year in high school I lost my grandfather, whom we were all very close to. It was just a really rough year for everyone - sad and much more stressful than usual.

4) Which widely accepted / mainstream Christmas traditions do you appreciate the most, & why? (Which of these traditions do you follow)
Well, giving gifts (does that count?) is pretty big, both in my family and amongst my friends... I also like donating, whether it be to the Salvation Army bell-ringers or through "giving tree"-type gift donations. My friends and I also host caroling parties every year which are a lot of fun.

5) Which mainstream traditions bother you the most & why? (Aspects of the general idea of Christmas that you reject)</b>
I really don't like the commercialization/secularization of the Christmas season. I'm Catholic and it really bothers me that Christ is so often just completely cut out of a holiday that's supposed to be centered on Him.

6) If you're currently living away from home, how does being away affect your views about the holidays? How have your ways of celebrating changed to fit your new lifestyle? (Do you try to do things that seem more like home, have you found new ways to celebrate, do you even notice...)
I set up a little Christmas tree with a string of lights and some ornaments, and I'm in the process of sending out Christmas cards to family and friends. When I lived at home I didn't worry about that sort of thing as much.

And now, just because it's fun, let's rank the following things on a scale of 1-10. (10 being essential to your Christmas experience or things you love about the season, 5 being neutral, and 1 being spawn-of-satan, don't you dare ruin my Christmas with that!)

a. Holiday shopping (i.e., day after Thanksgiving sales) 5
b. Christmas trees / lights / decorating 7
c. Holiday music 9
d. Gift-giving (obligation vs choice, who you give them to, whatever this entails for you) 8
e. Santa Claus 8
f. Holiday movies & TV specials 6
g. Jesus, church, religious aspects 10
h. food (baking, specific foods that you must have, etc) 9
i. Christmas spirit / season of giving / holiday attitude 10
thank you for your input!!! have a great Christmas :)
Female, 17 years old.

1) What is your favorite holiday tradition? (If you were to complete the sentence "Christmas would not be the same without .... because .... "):

"Christmas wouldn't be the same without a real tree because we've been getting a real tree for years. We always have a struggle putting it up and I struggle even more getting the lights on. The smell also wrafts through the house and that smell reminds me of Christmas.

2) What does your family do every year that has become a part of your personal Christmas experience? This could be good, bad, stupid, funny, whatever.

Although my parents are the ones who fill them, my brother and I wake up our parents around 7ish and show them what's in your stocking. Then we all head downstairs and open one gift (one small one) and then have breakfast. We then proceed (way too slowly) back to the tree and open the rest of them, while listening to the All-Christmas-all-of-December radio station.

3) Give an example of a time when something about your Christmas was drastically different. Was the change good or bad?

When my sister wasn't there for the first year. It was pretty...different. I didn't like it because I knew how much it had upset my mum.

4) Which widely accepted / mainstream Christmas traditions do you appreciate the most, & why? (Which of these traditions do you follow)

I absolutely love the Christmas lights all around my neighbourhood. It brings forth good cheer in everyone.

5) Which mainstream traditions bother you the most & why? (Aspects of the general idea of Christmas that you reject)

That gifts are the only thing towards Christmas. Also, that children have to be especially good this time of year, as with other people because of the season. Why not all year round?

6) If you're currently living away from home, how does being away affect your views about the holidays? How have your ways of celebrating changed to fit your new lifestyle? (Do you try to do things that seem more like home, have you found new ways to celebrate, do you even notice...)
N/A

8 a. Holiday shopping (i.e., day after Thanksgiving sales)
10 b. Christmas trees / lights / decorating
10 c. Holiday music
8 d. Gift-giving (obligation vs choice, who you give them to, whatever this
entails for you)
9 e. Santa Claus
10 f. Holiday movies & TV specials
5 g. Jesus, church, religious aspects
10 h. food (baking, specific foods that you must have, etc)
9 i. Christmas spirit / season of giving / holiday attitude
thanks!!! merry Christmas!!