Happy Christmas & New Year Celebrations!!! #2017


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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.

 I baked four cakes for all the people in our society. All ladies of the group helped me with the preparation and one of them tried her icing skills and it came out very well, not much as professionals in icing part but it was very spongy & tasty and the cake cutting was done by the kids of society.

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

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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7 thoughts on “Happy Christmas & New Year Celebrations!!! #2017”

  1. Wishing you all the best in your creative journey in the year ahead.

    1. Ila Varma says:

      Thank You n wish you the same.

  2. Such a beautiful way to celebrate Christmas. I to loved Christmas at my school. Some memories are worth cherishung. Thank you for writing with us for #MondayMommyMoments

    1. Ila Varma says:

      Thanks Amrita, I'm too loving to write for #MMM

  3. Deepa says:

    Nice post and a wonderful way to celebrate the festival. Its all about the christmas spirit. Thanks for linking it up with #MondayMommyMoments. 🙂

    1. Ila Varma says:

      Thanks a lot Deepa.

  4. NEHA JAIN says:

    Great way to celebrate the day. I agree – "The people who help the needy are the real santa in the life of a needy".

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