I participate on the SFFWorld.com writing forum. The members on this forum hold a monthly flash fiction contest. I participate in these contests as well.
This month’s theme is ‘traditions’. I’m really having a hard time coming up with an idea for this one. I usually come up with 5 or 6 ideas to play with for the month before I decide on 3 or 4. I then write those up. Depending on some initial feedback, I submit one of those by the mid-month deadline. But the muse has left me.
Since I have been an ardent atheist since I was six years old (imagine a chubby, brown little kid saying “you can’t be serious” to her Sunday school teacher), I have long been trying to shed all traditions. For me, most of the traditions I see around me are tied to some sort of religious event or person. There are, to be sure, secular holidays and/or traditions throughout the year. There’s Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day, April Fool’s Day, Ground Hog Day, Veteran’s Day, Labor Day, and others. None of ‘em are in December.
In the month of December, there is Hanukkah from the 12th to the 20th, Muharram, and Christmas (the 25th). Each heavily tied to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, respectively. There is, of course, the Winter Solstice on the 21st, but even celebrating that day has Pagan roots.
So…what on earth does someone like me write about in terms of ‘traditions’? We will see what I come up with. Wish me luck!