Four decades ago, in the absence of technology, television or connectivity, “Christmas Celebrations” was a Greek word for wide population of India, few knew that it was the festival of Christians community but people weren’t aware of the kinda of celebrations and all , especially the kids.
I went to a convent school. In kindergarten days, we got one month leave for winter vacations & Christmas…at that time, we didn’t paid much heed to the celebrations of Christmas, we would be happy that we got leave to be away from books n enjoy outdoor games under Sun.
Gradually as we grew up, we saw the celebrations from close quarter in our school’s church and got involved with the celebrations.
From past one decade or more, the Christmas is widely celebration and day by day, it’s on increasing mode with kids and families celebrating by throwing parties in their vicinity, baking cakes, distributing chocolates to poor children n kids, distributing flowers & gifts to disabled & cancer patients and the dress, caps & masks of Santa is available at every nukkad and people throng on with caps irrespective of age and sex.
The people who help the needy are the real Santa in the life of needy.
When my kids were small, I baked the cake for them, bought colourful balloons to decorate their room, prepared non-veg stuff of their choice. They rejoiced with this small kitty.
But now I find people celebrating in a big way, it’s not on religious ground much but as a celebration for the New Year which is ready to usher in few days so the countdown begins from 25th Dec. every year and the atmosphere is vibrant with fresh & positive energy and in festive mood, that’s enough for a grand celebration.
Now my kids have grown my lap and settled out of town but still I celebrate with the kids of my neighbourhood and find myself growing more concerned about the celebrations. Actually, I’m a kind of person who loves to share my happiness buy buying gifts for the kids, their innocent smiles sailing on their faces gives me immense inner satisfaction which I can’t scribble, it can be felt within and its quite soul satisfying.
We celebrated Christmas day with grandeur. The kids decorated Christmas tree planted in our garden with colourful balls n stars and even made Santa Claus with old used papers & scrap.
Song & Dance competition was held, wherein children of all age from 5 years to 18 took part and it was awesome to watch them & competition was held girls versus boys but in last, we declared all to be winners because all tried their best.
Few gave the performance with musical instruments & it was flawless.
A get together lunch was organised with the monetary contribution of all members and we dined together and had sumptuous meal finished by cake as a sweet dish. All licked their fingers after savouring the sweet part.
I had bought Santa caps for the kids and in late evening, even seniors wore the cap for a photo-shoot.
All the members of society distributed gifts like sweets, stationary etc. to all the children, so the children were laden with many gifts and in event of many, I cancelled my chocolate gift shifting to distribute on New Year 2017.
The get together was quite entertaining and all had a great time.
This year Christmas 2016 will be etched in my memory till next Christmas and my gifts embedded with my love and care, Santa caps & baked cakes brought smiles on the faces of many and this made my day more beautiful & I will always cherish these sweet moments of my life.
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