Monday, September 1, 2008

Never Too Early to Sing the Carols


There’s still 115 days to go to Christmas. So what? It’s never too early to get excited about Christmas!!

Christmas has a very warm, fuzzy feeling associated with it. It’s about happiness. It’s about celebrations. It’s about love and being with the people you love the most. It’s about forgiving people. It’s about patching up with people you’ve had differences with. It’s about The Holidays!

Maybe it’s my years spent in the US, where everyone looks forward to Christmas as much as Indians look forward to the monsoons every year after parched summer months, which is responsible for my love for Christmas. The malls, airports, streets, restaurants are all decked up with Christmas decorations. There are Christmas carols being played inside every store. Coffee shops serve seasonal creations such as Eggnog Latte, Apple Ciders & Christmas/Holiday blend of coffee. There is a Santa Claus in every mall handing out gifts and candy. Families hang out together, while friends hug & kiss each other. The only emotions to be seen around are love and happiness. The icing on the cake? If it snows!!

What can be prettier than a white Christmas?

I love putting up a small Christmas tree in a corner of my house and decorating it with ornaments & lights. I love having friends over on Christmas eve, playing carols, having a traditional Christmas dinner and exchanging gifts. But what I love the most about Christmas is that unlike Hindu festivals that are all about noise, pollution, inconveniencing others and creating public nuisance, Christmas is celebrated the way it should be – quietly within our own homes, surrounded by happiness and amidst the people we love.

How is it possible to not love a festival as beautiful as Christmas?


8 comments:

The knife said...

then you are in the right city in India. Christmas was a big thing for me. And this continued when i came to Cal. My dad used to throw Christmas parties. And my mom used to do something to continue the tradition after he was gone. Christmas was quite big in Calcutta thanks to its Brit hangover. Right from the famous Park Street lights, Maidan and zoo outings to 'Xmas cakes' sold at local paan shops in hinter suburbs like our's. I remember the huge queues of locals to go to the Church in front of our house which was across religions. Many used to go to the mass too. In fact i felt very low in my Christmas alone in Bombay in 97. Those days you would hardly know that it was Christmas even in Bandra. I ended up watchin Home Alone in my PG which seemed quite apt

Scarlett said...

Lookin' forward to a Calcutta Christmas then :)

The knife said...

hope the yuletide spirit continues in Calcutta

Psyched said...
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The knife said...

I have been stuck a bit too often in jams every Wednesday because of the Mahim Church, off late because of Ganpathi, in winter because of the Muslim fair at Ganpathi to have suffered from all religions. And i am not even talking about serious issues like the riots. A lot of ill has been done to Indian society by organised religion

Scarlett said...

Agree with you totally. And don't even remind me of jams outside Mahin Church on Wednesdays. Once it took me 2 1/2 hours to get from Dadar to Bandra...I was stuck at Mahim Church for more than 2 hours...it was painful!!

The knife said...

at least Calcutta shuts during the Pujas

Scarlett said...

There are 2 big pandals being built right around the corner from my house!!!!!