PROJECT Holiday Decorations

Discussion in 'DEVELOPING CHARACTERS & CULTURES' started by Diana, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. This exercise in cultural world building is focused directly on holiday decorations. Every holiday comes with traditional decorations that people and business put up around their homes. On Christmas you have trees, ornaments, snowmen. For political holidays you'll see flags, country colors, or mementos of history. Some holidays might even come with a mixture of religious, pagan, or other decorations.

    Why do small things like decorations matter? They help build up the culture, traditions, and atmosphere of the location you're trying to build. For example, in the Harry Potter series, you got to see grand tablescapes during holidays. In the Nightmare Before Christmas, you get to see their own twisted version of what Christmas is like.

    In this exercise, come up with traditional decorations that your local people will put up or prepare.

    SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
    • Are there any colors associated with this holiday?
    • Are there seasonal things tied to this holiday?
    • What sort of crafts might be done to make items for the holiday?
    • Do people decorate their homes? Yards? Businesses?
    • Do they WEAR decorations or special clothing during this holiday?
    • What sort of things might decorate the dinner table?
    • Are there any things people must TAKE DOWN during this holiday?
    • Does this location have a different kind of traditional decorations from other places that celebrate this holiday?
    • Are there decorations that people might find offensive? Ones that people think are tacky and bad taste?
    • When do people start decorating for the holiday? When do they take things down?


    As always, if you think of additional things to add and describe, DO SO!
     
    • Are there any colors associated with this holiday?
      The Day of the Forest is associated with natural colours like greens, browns, and yellows, but any colour except for black and red - the colours of fire and ash - may be used in excess to decorate
    • Are there seasonal things tied to this holiday?
      The Day is usually celebrated in Spring or early Summer, whenever the birds return to the trees; the return of the birds (said to be the servants of the God of the wood) signifies the return of the forest's vitality
    • What sort of crafts might be done to make items for the holiday?
      Flower necklaces and grass-knots, anything made from the trees or shrubs
    • Do people decorate their homes? Yards? Businesses?
      The Day of the Forest is celebrated outside, so the outsides of homes are usually decorated with plants and flowers, the streets are planted with flowers and vines. In addition, wood carvings and art appreciating the beauty of the forest may be hung for display
    • Do they WEAR decorations or special clothing during this holiday?
      Yes, flower neclaces, headdresses, and grass skirts and capes are popular among children
    • What sort of things might decorate the dinner table?
      Fresh, uncooked produce is the favourite for the Day of the Forest, and vases of flowers or edible plants still on the vine/branch may be piled across the table
    • Are there any things people must TAKE DOWN during this holiday?
      Fires are highly offensive on the Day of the Forest, as are the colours of black and red and any depictions of fire or ashes. at night, candles may be lit, but always on wax candles, never wood fires or torches.
    • Does this location have a different kind of traditional decorations from other places that celebrate this holiday?
      The Day of the Forest is specific to the township of Vana
    • Are there decorations that people might find offensive? Ones that people think are tacky and bad taste?
      ^^
    • When do people start decorating for the holiday? When do they take things down?
      Either the night before, or in the morning; the Day of the Forest starts at dawn when the birds begin to sing and herald their return; decorating is appreciated, but no one will be ostracised for leaving their home or appearance as normal.
     
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