While many festive traditions have remained, Christmas has definitely changed a bit since I was a kid. As a young lad, I remember a hugely popular decoration was angel hair on the Christmas tree—you don’t see much of that nowadays! So too, artificial Christmas trees really looked artificial when I was a youngster, whereas now they do a very good impression of the real thing.
Something that I really miss these days is carol singers on the doorstep, ringing the bell and serenading you with the jolly strains of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ and old faithfuls like ‘Away in a Manger.’ They used to come round a lot when I was little but you don’t see them so much anymore.
Of course, going to see Father Christmas to tell him what you wanted is a tradition that’s carried on, but when I was a kid you’d go to see him at a department store, today you go and see him at the garden centre. So, I guess you could say that Father Christmas has moved with me! Something else that’s changed is the variety of Christmas trees available. When I was young, everyone had a Norway spruce and everyone had a bare tree by Christmas Day! These days you can get varieties that don’t drop their needles, like the blue spruce and Nordmann fir. The bonus is you don’t get needles stuck in your feet, but unfortunately you lose that beautiful pine smell that makes your house smell like Christmas.