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Holiday Creation

January 1, 2012

Happy New Year! As 2011 ends and 2012 begins, it is important to look back on your accomplishments during the past year and look forward to what you hope to achieve in the new year. In 2011 I graduated from high school, got my license, travelled to Spain and Portugal, published A Broken World, started college, and made some great, new friends. This year I hope to continue doing well in my classes, make some more friends, do my first book signing, and finish and potentially publish Discordant Tones.

Once we are done internalizing the meaning of the holiday, we should discuss its overall significance. Why is this holiday important? Why is it important for a region or a culture to have holidays? New Year’s Day is a celebration of the passage of time. It is the end of the old and the beginning of the new. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are typically spent with family and friends. This brings social groups closer together and strengthens bonds between members. These gatherings are often repeated year after year, creating traditions that become incredibly important to the people involved, although to some these repeated activities become arduous tasks that must be jokingly endured. Regardless of how individuals feel about them, these traditions become a part of the people and help form their characters.

This creates an interesting situation for writers: should they create holidays for their stories? I, personally, have not done so as of yet, but even as I write this post, I feel myself being swayed. Perhaps I will develop a holiday or two to include in my future writings. This is because holidays are a huge part of a culture. They show what the people celebrate, and what they regret. They reveal their mindsets and their values. They typically come about due to a significant event in history or through a local religion. In a fantastical world, holidays add realism, even if they are not major points in a plotline. Holidays cause people to gather together and interact, creating bonds, and, in a way, forming the common culture that people rely on to relate to one another.

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