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A trip to Winter Wonderland. A wander through the Christmas Markets. Time spent watching the same old films. The sound of Big Ben and Auld Lang Syne at midnight. Games played with a ferocity reserved only for those closest to you. Perhaps some of these reflect things you have done since you can remember.
As students returned to schools following the winter break, our voters considered how inflexible the traditions attached to the winter and subsequent New Year holidays are. They explored the purpose of traditions, what they provide to society and their relationship to change. With this information, they decided whether traditions are important to keep or if they prevent us from having more varied experiences.
"We think that New Years is an important holiday. However, less important than religious celebrations."
"Every year feels like a repeat of the year before and instead if new traditions were tried things would be different and exciting."
"Just because we already have traditions doesn’t mean we can’t discover new ones!"