8 things I love about Christmas

Published: December 25, 2011
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Christmas is a time when you can go right up to your boss and boldly tell him about your plans for a Christmas holiday without feeling guilty or afraid.

Christmas is a time of giving and sharing; it is by far my most favourite time of the year. Since I have been I child, I anxiously await December 25 because there is so much that I love about this holiday. This Christmas, I have decided to share a list of things that I enjoy the most of this merry season.

  1. Listening to Christmas carols. The joy of listening to Christmas carols with a cup a cocoa is one that is matched by very few other things in life. Snuggling in a blanket with family and friends, and humming these tunes can cheer one up immensely. It encourages a feeling of closeness, and leads one to feelings of joy no matter how bad things in life may be.
  2. Fairy lights and pretty decorations. New lights and fresh decorations mixed with old ones give a feeling of warmth and happiness. When these are up, everyone knows that Christmas is near, and this is enough to brighten even the most gloomiest of moods. Decorating a tree is a pleasure worth experiencing in life. This joy is compounded when you know there is a gift waiting for you under the tree. (Why can’t I be just a little self-indulgent at Christmas time?)
  3. Buying gifts for your loved ones. If anyone tries to convince you that ‘retail therapy’ does not work ,they are dead wrong – well, at least at Christmas time. Shopping for friends and family in this season, is extremely exciting. What is even more exhilarating is trying to keep their presents a secret from them.
  4. Keeping a secret stash of holiday sweets. Okay, it is time to come clean! Keeping  a secret stash of all the traditional sweets made at home before Christmas time is one of the joys of the holiday season. Trust me, sneaking some of these while your mother maintains a fierce guard over them, is no mean feat. Maybe this is why pre-holiday treats taste much better than they do on Christmas day.
  5. Another reason to stay out late. Staying out late during Christmas time without any curfews is what I love about the season. Curfew-free masti is what Christmas is famous for. Attend all the bonfires and parties you like, mom won’t shout at you during the most wonderful time of the year.
  6. Family get-togethers. This is the time when all your favourite and not so favourite chachas, mamas, nephew, nieces, and cousins gather at your place for a big feast. With all the traditional dishes and sweets, the house full of festivities, and we feel like one big happy family. Yes, there is the occasional family drama, but hey, that’s what Christmas is all about.
  7. Vacation time. This is the time when you can go right up to your boss and boldly tell him about your plans for a Christmas holiday. You can then walk out of his office with a sense of great achievement, as you can never be refused a Christmas break!
  8. Attending the midnight prayer serviceWe save the best for last. Attending the midnight service in the chilly winter is the most blessed feeling in the world. Such is the sense of unison and security, that you cannot help but feel a warm glow. It is this time that truly makes one realize how thankful we should be to the Almighty for all the blessings he has showered on us.

Rozario.Fernandes

Rozario Fernandes

A banker by profession and a musician by passio.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • http://syedaabidabokhari.wordpress.com The Only Normal Person Here.

    Lovely write up. A real pleasant read.

    Merry Christmas everyone.Recommend

  • Nadir

    Merry Christmas! Best wishes to all for the festive season!Recommend

  • Mir Agha

    Love (english) Christmas carols. Don’t know about lighting up in an energy crisis (goes the same of national or Islamic events/holidays). Pakistani Christians could continue to show the way like they did the last couple of years by having toned-down holidays. A lesson for Muslims with their pattakays, band-bajas, and lighting on every occasion.Recommend

  • amrita

    A pleasant read.
    Maybe only for today ET should have put some Christmas-related blog as its primary blog.Recommend

  • Nandita.

    This is soooo nostalgic. I so loved Christmas as a kid. My neighbors were Christians/Muslims and ours was the only Hindu family in the building. So i grew up celebrating Christmas.
    My favorite part was going CAROL singing all around my city.The church that my neighbors were a part of, organized carol singing. So we traveled all around the city, at nights visiting christian homes and singing carols. THAT WAS AWESOME FUN. I also loved attending midnight mass on December 24th. As kids, we weren’t allowed night outs but Christmas was an exception. So all the kids from the building where i lived attended midnight mass. We used to have a ball. And of course decorating the christmas tree i had at home and the yummy treats i ate at my friends houses on Christmas day – Cake and wine.
    Then i moved to Bangalore and I no longer celebrate Christmas as I don’t have any christian friends here. :((( Recommend

  • monteiro

    are u an indian ? fernandes is a goan name.Recommend

  • Sid

    Remembering old times like groups coming to neighborhood for singing carols and getting gifts. friends like gulabdin memon and others, dont know how time flies Recommend

  • Anum

    Merry Christmas!!Recommend

  • http://[email protected] T.tariq

    I feel sad for christians in PAK
    Government usually doesnt do anything at christmas for e.g we can take the lighting thing..Every one has a right to choose their religion.When the great Quaid erased all religion diffrence among pakistanis than I guess we muslims should do everything and make this occasion more special for our fellow pakistani’s
    Merry Xmas every1!! :DRecommend

  • Stewie Griffin

    There’s nothing like celebrating Christmas in America,all the houses are decorated in really colorful lights.

    You also save a lot of money because of the big sales before Christmas and Black Friday

    In Pakistan during the holidays the prices skyrocket,which is completely unheard of in other countries.

    P.S I wish a happy Hanukkah to all the Jewish-Pakistanis(If there are any).Recommend

  • Parvez

    Hey!! how did you miss out on the Christmas cake ? A proper one must have a dash of rum thrown in with the resins and nuts and the white icing all over. Merry Christmas.Recommend

  • maria

    article filled with warmth ;)Recommend

  • Awais

    A great read…

    Christmas here in London is nice, there are Christmas lights up around all the different areas, there is always a great ambience during Christmas time, not to mention the Christmas sales ;)

    Merry Christmas everyone!Recommend

  • Sana

    @T.tariq:

    Yeah you are right. Christians do it here all by themselves. No help from the Govt. Being a Pakistani Muslim, i love Christmas trees though. They look so beautiful. In Islamabad, some people were decorating pine trees and it was so fascinating that i watched them for an hour.
    Merry Christmas to you author and all Christians around the world.Recommend

  • adeel

    nice work brother wish u a very merry christmasRecommend

  • Maria

    Merry Christmas Rozario and all other Pakistanis celebrating! Recommend

  • Matthew Fernandez

    Merry Christmas and a very happy b-day to our Quaid e Azam!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Dr. Amyn Malik

    I remember having Christmas parties at school. They were lovely!

    Nice read.Recommend

  • Rabia Khan B

    I grew up celebrating Christmas. There is a certain warmth about the whole affair. Recommend

  • md

    Islam is the only true religion.
    Anyway happy x-mass. Recommend

  • Rozario Fernandes

    Hello Everyone and wishing everyone has had a good time during the season. :)

    Really appreciate the comments from each one of you. This is the first time ever I wrote for a blog and it was truly exciting. Good to know people got nostalgic reading it and felt the same warmth that I felt as a child.

    Well it’s heart warming to see a lot of Indian readers as well. I was born in Oman but am a pure Pakistani and yes I am a goan :) my ancestoral is from Goa, never visited though but would love to. Any volunteers out there who would take me around:)

    This is truly been an awesome experience and has encouraged me to write more blogs on some interesting topics and events.

    God bless everyone and enjoy the season while you can. Will try to keep the nostalgia coming.Recommend

  • RAW is WAR

    @ md

    if Islam is the only true religion,

    we prefer being atheists.Recommend

  • http://glenns-busy-corner.blogspot.com/ Glenn

    Was surprised to see the your blog here, rozee you writing skills are good as your singing talent. Good job and hope to read some more articles from you. Compliments of the Season though. Recommend

  • J

    wait…. Something’s missing here. Yeah, those al-haram christmass posts, I wonder why are they not here?Recommend

  • Anthony Permal

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Rozario. God bless.Recommend