Christmas Day : An Introduction Essay
Human life is drenched nowadays with ritual and traditions and Christmas Day comes under that very heavily, it is a greatly celebrated event, especially in our Western society. Naturally, we will adopt restored behaviour and focus into our ‘second reality’.
Schechner’s ‘Performance Studies: An Introduction’ gives an insight to the various concepts and terms that could be connected with Christmas Day.
Christmas Day is a performance in the sense that it follows basic Schechnerian concepts of a performance. Instantly, the idea of ‘showing doing’, the representation of actions within a performance, can relate. This is due to us subconsciously splitting the day into a series of events that we show ‘our audience’. This directly corresponds with Brecht’s Verfremsdungseffekt. We set the performance into labels and break down the continuity of it ‘as’ a performance. We have the present giving, then the dinner, then some families will watch the Queen’s Speech on TV. Everyone has a different routine, but we all have one regardless.
Looking at Christmas ‘as’ a performance insinuates that it is only an event that can change our action and behaviour temporarily and it is because it is only an event that our actions and behaviour do so. This is backed up by how well the nation will ‘come together’ at Christmas because of the ‘Christmas…