14 Traditions Boomers Want To Keep But Gen Z Call Them Outdated

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Baby Boomers often cherish customs that might feel outdated to Gen Z. From meticulously planned dinners to perfectly wrapped presents, this clash of preferences can lead to some good-natured ribbing (or maybe a little eye-rolling). That’s what family is for, right? Let’s explore traditions where Boomers and Gen Z might find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum, proving that even the most heartwarming traditions can evolve with the times.

1. Formal Family Dinner

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Envision a well-organized dinner party complete with elegant dishes, formal attire, and appropriate conversation starters. That’s the family dinner Boomers cherish. Gen Z, however, craves a more relaxed vibe. Consider relaxed attire, memes exchanged over dinner, and casual, flowy discussions.

2. The Cult of Perfection

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The holidays are a time for meticulously decorated houses and perfectly planned itineraries. Boomers might strive for a picture-perfect holiday experience. Gen Z, however, embraces imperfection and spontaneity. They might prioritize creating fun memories over a flawless holiday image.

3. Annual Holiday Card

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Remember those glossy cards with the staged family photo? Boomers adore sending out holiday greetings. But digital relationships are everything to Generation Z. A quick holiday e-card or a funny meme might be their style.

4. Pressure to Attend Family Gatherings

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For Boomers, family gatherings are non-negotiable. More people are always better! On the other hand, Gen Z prioritizes privacy and may choose to go alone or celebrate the holidays with close friends.

5. Rigid Gender Roles

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Consider the discrete division of labor during the holidays based on gender: women prepare the table, and men grill. Boomers often follow these traditional roles. Gen Z, however, embraces fluidity. They might all pitch in for tasks, regardless of gender.

6. The Phone Call Conundrum

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Were there ever lengthy holiday catch-up calls with extended family? Boomers see these calls as a chance to reconnect. Conversely, Gen Z favors video calls or texts. They might find long-winded phone calls a bit outdated, especially with the convenience of instant messaging.

7. Importance of the Written Word

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Envision a personalized Christmas gift with a handwritten word of gratitude. Boomers appreciate the personal touch.  But for Gen Z, a quick digital thank you might suffice. They prioritize speed and efficiency over formality.

8. Power of Nostalgia

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Bring back memories of the past with beloved Christmas movies and nostalgic tunes. Boomers love reliving their childhood memories through these nostalgic experiences. On the flip side, Gen Z may be more receptive to starting their holiday customs because they are adventure seekers.

9. All-or-Nothing Feast

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A ten-course dinner might make a table creak under its weight. Boomers often associate big holidays with a massive spread. Gen Z, however, might be more health-conscious or environmentally aware. They might prefer smaller, more sustainable meals.

10. Gift-Giving Frenzy

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Visualize a mall filled with frenzied shoppers looking for gifts. Boomers often feel pressure to shower loved ones with presents. But Gen Z might be more concerned with quality than quantity. They might prefer a single, thoughtful gift or even experiences like a concert ticket.

11. Pressure to Conform

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Consider family get-togethers when there are expectations about how everyone should dress and act. Boomers might value tradition and proper etiquette. Nevertheless, Gen Z places a higher value on individualism and self-expression. They might prefer a more relaxed atmosphere where they can be themselves.

12. Competitive Card Game Throwdown

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Remember epic battles over board games or cards during the holidays? Boomers often see these games as a way to bond and have a little friendly competition. Yet Gen Z might be more interested in cooperative activities or online gaming. They might prefer games that bring people together rather than create competition.

13. Mandatory Family Photo Op

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Family photos are notorious for forced smiles and awkward poses. Boomers cherish capturing these moments for posterity. But contrived images might not be to Gen Z’s taste. They might prefer capturing candid moments on their phones or skipping the photo altogether.

14. Pressure to Perform

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A family gathering’s talent show or lavish Christmas production comes to mind. Boomers might enjoy showcasing their skills or seeing their kids perform. On the other hand, Gen Z may have stage fright or feel under pressure to be flawless. They might prefer a more low-key approach to entertainment.

 

 

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