A few bloggers got together for a Secret Santa Project called #UnwrapChristmas – it is our attempt at spreading the cheer by being the Santa ourselves and sending gifts to a blogger secretly and to receive the gifts from our own Secret Santa Needless to say, it has been a lot of fun – giving while taking care of the secrecy and receiving with an open heart.
Today, every half an hour a blogger will be publishing his/her #UnwrapChristams post writing about the meaning of Christmas. We will be linking our posts throughout the day.
I am thankful to Ankita Shukla for passing on to me the baton to unwrap my idea of Christmas.
The Early Years –
Christmas has meant different things to me at different points of time in my life. In my first 5 years of convent schooling in Guwahati, Christmas was all about the birth of Jesus, its story and singing Christmas carols at school on the last day of the school year after the final exams. My all-time favourite carol is ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’. There were no other celebrations and no gifts or exchanges on Christmas.
As Life moved on –
Later, on moving to the plains of Northern India, Christmas ceased to mean anything at all for the longest period until the year 2013 when we were based in UK and couldn’t escape the Christmas fervour of the season. That’s when I got to witness the City markets and malls going Red and White with Christmas decorations. I became a part of a couple of Christmas Parties organised by the local children centres for kids and parents. It was fun watching little kids sitting in Santa’s lap and telling him their wish lists which were most hilarious. The thing that I loved about these parties was – everywhere we went, the gifts the children received were books. And then we happened to watch the magical movie ‘Polar express’. I can vouch for that one movie taught me a lot about the spirit of Christmas than any other.
Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart – Santa
(A dialogue from ‘Polar express’)
The Past Year –
Last year, I took part in a book exchange activity where the idea was to send one book to a child and get 36 children books in return. I got 4 wonderful books, thanks to Vasantha, in return and it was exciting. I let Dhruv become Santa to our maid’s 3-year-old son by gifting 3 bilingual English-Kannada books since we knew our maid was insistent on providing good education to her son.
Christmas now –
For celebrating the festival, this time, we have decorated our small Christmas tree with hand-made cookies baked by Dhruv, he learnt at Kidchen and we are reading tonight the wonderful Santa’s tooth story written by the talented Sunaina Bhatia. If you haven’t read it then you must hop over to her blog and read it.
Between all the doing part, Christmas for me has come to symbolize the ending of the present year on a happy note. To remember this year with a sense of gratitude to the blessing it endowed upon me with a few challenges here and there to make me feel more grateful about the goodness I have around me.
With this, I pass on the tag to the fabulous Kala Ravi Sarathy of Relax and Rave to unwrap her christmas.