By Essa Nazari
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays!
You hear these words come from everyone’s mouths around this time of the year. It seems to be the unifier in this school. Finding a reason to celebrate, to find joy, and to have hope that the world will find peace once again.
As a muggle born, that’s right, I am down right proud of it- my family’s traditions are rich and an odd blend of British and Iraqi-Kurd. We have the Christmas tree decorated in bright coloured ornaments, stockings hung along the wall, and the garland hung every possible place. Okay, so I admit that it was hard to properly decorate the tree and the house in my family – the tree always had huge spots on it where everyone missed, but no one cared or noticed (at least right away.)
Christmas mornings were always spent together, unwrapping gifts, attending a service somewhere, and eating. So much food, fun both to make and eat. It was like that all over the neighbourhood, friends and families visiting with each other.
All of these traditions have made me think; what is the magical world like in the holidays? Hogwarts has given me a small glimpse into the magical world- fairies used as lights, levitation spells to hang the ornaments and garland… But, that doesn’t give me the full picture. So, I decided to ask questions and start to explore what traditions there were here in the magical world.
The first person I asked was Professor Maclodon. When I asked her my question she stated,
“Magic is apart of everyday life, so really I mean we cook with magic, we wrap gifts with magic, but aside from the gifts which are at times imbued with magical properties… In my family it’s tradition for each person to receive one transfigured gift.”
She went on to explain the gift was transfigured into something useless and had to be untransfigured into whatever the gift is.
The second person I asked was Raven Stormborn, whose magical family can trace their lines back for hundred of years. She told a story of her mother enchanting a life sized Santa and reindeer to fly around their manor proclaiming ‘Merry Christmas’ when she was a toddler. Her family has photographs of Raven being flown around in the sleigh as a child.
When Upton Zero was asked the question, he stated that most of the holidays were spent with his family celebrating together. Sometimes they go to special shows like orchestras and ballets, muggle watching. But whatever they do, they do it as a family.
Perhaps, this is the thing that both muggle and magical born witches and wizards should focus on instead of blood purity. These bonds of family, friendship, and peace that unify the muggle world should unify the magical world as well. After all, part of the magic of Christmas comes from the heart during such a time. A time for small miracles, or the spread of hopeful intent. Perhaps there isn’t that much of a difference between the muggle and magical holiday celebrations.
Just a thought.
And Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night.