Hi everyone. I know this post is late, and I blame Christmas diversions. I haven’t been able to make a proper backlog yet, so apologies.
In thinking what to write, my mind is again drawn to villains celebrating a holiday. While I’ve already suggested that it’s possible for a villain to just want to celebrate a holiday like a normal person without wanting to destroy it, I wanted to add that a good way to execute this is not to think of it as a villain celebrating the holiday, but your character celebrating it (your character, who happens to be the villain).
That aside, there are many other types of traditions to consider. In fact, they could just have their own traditions, not shared by anyone else, superstitions or compulsions. Heck, even evil cultists have traditions. Evil, sacrificial traditions, but they’re still traditions.
And each holiday carries with it several variations of traditions. My family – er, back when it was me, my mom, and my brother – had the tradition of clam chowder for dinner on Christmas Eve, and a Christmas Eve present of new jammies. Some families do goodie plates and they are the best kind of people in the world. Some do Elf on the Shelf. Some do Revenge Against Elf on the Shelf with their G.I.s, Darth Vaders, and Elsa toys. Some carol. Some watch every Christmas movie they own, including the ones that technically aren’t Christmas movies but what the heck, it wouldn’t be Christmas without It’s A Wonderful Life and The Little Princess! Some build snow forts. And some ruin carols.
Course, some are Scrooge and Grinch and it’s not even because they’re mean or evil but just because the holidays can be stressful and suck a lot. So even if you don’t really want to do holidays with your villain, even if it seems like your villain doesn’t really get into any holiday spirit, you can find out what other traditions your villain likes to keep, no matter how small-scale they might be, like a nightly routine.