Christmas is the opportunity for each guest to reassert their family affiliation. Yet, dysfunctions sometimes creep under the Christmas tree. Fortunately, game is a practical mean to avoid mishaps of all sorts.
Ruining Christmas is the nightmare of families. In fact, It’s the time & place to reassert that whatever their differences, they are supportive to each other. To prove it, they follow rules: “one should not come simply to eat, but make an effort to be in the same state of mind” explains Nicolas. One should also pay attention to others, take care of them and play the role expected by the family (one is the son of, the sister of, etc.).
When Grandpa watches TV while everybody else is toasting; when the Uncle wants to talk politics at the end of the table or that cousins find nothing to speak about, then a terrible sense occurs: embarrassment! The family is the witness of one of its flaws: it cannot demonstrate to itself that it is properly united.
Because playing prevent all sorts of dysfunctions: silences when we have nothing to say to each other, or distractions when we look elsewhere. Playing also allows to avoid big mishaps : after all, it is only a game. As explained by Pierre : “Yeah yeah (game) is federating enough, it is truly an excuse to gather and exchange”.
Games are a safe value because they help individuals to play their role as a family member… even if this means disappearing behind these roles.
Why is playing games a so widespread and such an essential part of Christmas? To dissect what can seem obvious at first glance, we wanted to understand what role games play within the Christmas family ritual. Beyond the common thought that playing is something insignificant and childish, we took playing very seriously, and we dived into what playing is really about, what is at stake, the behaviors and attitudes playing generates. If the game is everything but “frivolous”, how does it position itself within the Christmas ritual?Découvrir l'étude