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Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world. It is not only a product of hundreds of years of traditions from around the globe, but also a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. The popular celebratory customs have developed many centuries ago and are still preserved. For example, the custom of the Christmas tree can be traced to the 16th and possibly the 15th century. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles which were soon replaced by Christmas lights, with the advent of electricity. Nowadays we can’t imagine our celebration without modern technologies. But sometimes people don`t want to replace old customs with high-tech innovations.
For instance, a lot of Brussels' citizens reacted negatively to the installation of the 25 m. (82 ft) abstract-style tree in the Grand Place instead of a central real Christmas tree.
The citizens drafted the petition for a "real Christmas tree "and said that they want "respect for their values and traditions". Online petition against the new tree got more than 25,000 signatures. Due to concerns over vandalism during New Year's celebrations it was announced in that electronic Christmas tree would be taken down on 28 December instead of January.
But not all technologies are met negatively.
If you want to track Santa Claus while making his way on Christmas you can do that by accessing a high-tech method instituted by the North American Aerospace Defense Command. NORAD is a serious joint organization of Canada and the United States that helps to secure the airspace from attacks.
But once a year, the agency becomes a trusted source to provide updates on Santa's journey. The tradition began in 1955 after the advertisement with a misprinted telephone number for children to call Santa. The wrong number was CONAD hotline. The Director of organization Colonel Harry Shoup asked his staff to check the radar to give updates on Santa`s location while making his way from the North Pole. Children continued calling there , and a tradition was born. Nowadays for more than 50 years, NORAD follows Santa Claus' Christmas Eve journey around the world.
There is no denying that modern technologies will continue to be an integral part of our life. Even more for children than for adults. If you check the Christmas Wish List for kids 6-12 years old by Nielsen survey, you will find out that kids prefer electronics and gadgets to plastic toys. IPods, iPads and iPhones topped this year’s holiday wish lists. Let's hope Santa Claus has an Internet because children all over the world have gone digital.
Modern technology has always kept расе with old traditions and customs. But is Christmas becoming too hi-tech, or it is quite natural for modern society?