Merry Christmas, readers!
The only reason I'm writing on Christmas is because the rest of my family is sleeping away, including Mystic who was nice enough to join my immediate family for Christmas morning this year. Being the first one awake means you wait until everyone else is up to open presents.
Writing my Titania Chronicles story has had me pondering in the future if there will be a Christmas? Will it be culturally significant? Will it fade away?
There are plenty of holidays that have remained through time and have merely evolved for the needs of the people. Christmas is actually a good example of that. Christmas used to be a simple holiday where you ate with friends if you were lucky enough to have the day off. The super conservative Christians didn't even celebrate Christmas, and even tried to outlaw it in Britain. Although the holiday had been around for a long time, it wasn't until the 19th century that it culminated into something close to what we have today. It was molded into a day where one could spend time with family and friends with dinner and dances and games. Gift exchange became popular at that time too. In an era where strict rules on children seemed necessary (depending who was doing the raising, of course), it was nice to have a day where one could spoil one's family.
I think in this fashion, Christmas in the future will exist on Earth, and will probably evolve even more. There may even come a day where there is a strict division in the kind of celebrations families have. But I think as long as we remain on Earth, there will be some form of Christmas celebrated.
I think it's when you leave Earth, and start to colonize other planets, that the tradition of Christmas will probably fade away. Christmas is strongly associated with the winter season, and to lose that change of season is to lose a lot of it. Also, who will know how long it will take to establish the kind of community who can afford the gift giving on Christmas on a new planet. It's going to take decades of investment to colonize planets, and they're not going to be ready for the kind of commercialism we have on parts of Earth right away. On top of the fact many of the traditions are rooted in thinks unique to earth--snow, Christmas trees, holly, mistletoe, poinsettias--that recreating it all is going to be artificial, and I'm sure the first colonialists will feel that way. Feasts won't be readily available. Christmas, in it's entirety of the experience, will not be available.
Now I need someone from the future to tell me if my predictions are correct.