Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year!

Exchanging pleasantries with my childhood friend over IM this morning I was telling her how kiddishly excited I was with my birthday around the corner. She promptly said “Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year!” reminding me of a skit we presented in our colony on Christmas day. This friend of mine is a very talented person and even when we were children, she loved to get the group of us together and would choreograph plays and such.

In that tiny group, I was the only one with a white dress a.k.a ‘frock’ courtesy my NRI mama then. Since I had the “fairy” frock, I stood my ground and played my part as an angel that would finally wish everyone in the audience a “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”. Only that, when it was my turn to come up front and say it, I swapped the words and made it a “Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year”. I flushed with shame while the rest laughed away.

So, this morning memories flooded back of studying in a convent, walking to the chapel during lunch to kneel at the altar and the hooded sisters who taught us. Those were some fun times. Christmas used to be a grand affair with a nativity skit and general cheeriness around that time. In our own way we celebrated the festival with our Anglo Indian neighbours who plied us with moist delicious plum cake. Watching the five pointed star twinkle in the night across the road reminded me of exotic cultures about which I had little idea of. To me Christmas was as special as any other festival I celebrated. Strangely enough, I have no such memories associated with Muslim festivals or other non Hindu holidays.

The things we imbibe as a child fashions our attitude as adults. I think in some way, growing up attending scripture class at school while hearing Hindu mythology at home from grandparents helped me appreciate each for its own. Today sitting at my desk, I realize being here in a rustic suburb in the US, I finally understand what the spirit of Christmas means. I watch a co-worker leave a tray of cookies in a friend’s cube. I love the colors, the music and the cheeriness that marks this holiday.

So, a Happy Christmas and a Merry Holiday Season to you 🙂

13 comments

  1. I also share a similar experience, because I also went to a convent. I used to enjoy the moral science period. Our school was also involved in lot of community work, which imbibed in us social responsibility and caring for those in need. Happy holidays to you too Laksh.

    @Madhu: Gotta catch up on this over phone. Sorry I couldn’t call Sunday.

  2. ‘Happy Happy Xmas and Merry Merry New year’ to you and K.
    wearing angel frock again? should get one now Laksh!
    shy

    @Shy: No angel frock for me now. 🙂 Thank you for the wishes. More than likely a patiala suit mom bought for me this time around.

  3. Also could be cos it is your special day. Advanced Happy bday, dear Laksh, just in case I forget to wish you on the 25th 😛

    @Akay: Could be :p Thank you! and you better not forget!

  4. “Happy christmas and merry new year” to you and K. And advance wishes for your bday too.. though i dont know when it is (i believe its on 25th ).. anyway.. have a blast

    @Shankar: Thank you and wish you a happy holidays too!

  5. I also have lots of memories about christma.We used to have a carol group in our colony organized by one aunty.We ued to visit every house in the colony and sing songs.Every houehold will contribute some amount of money.We will collect all the money and donate it to an orphanage.
    In school we used to have christmas celebrations.It was fun.We also belonged the Y’s men club.Once they enacted the nativity play and i got to play the part of one of the three kings placing a gift in front of baby jesus.
    Your post made me recall all these happy times.The colony here also has carol group.I am thinking of joining them next year.
    Wish you a very Happy christmas/B’day.

    @Anila: Sounds like a fun time growing up. Wonder why we have never really talked much about your childhood? 🙂 Thank you for your wishes.

  6. Wishing you a merry christmas and very happy New year!
    Our advance wishes for you b’day too 🙂

    @Abi: Thank you! Hope you all have a good holiday too!

  7. Not much of memories of Christmas since I went to a Hindu school except for cakes from friend’s house that over a period of time we started demanding before hand and twice sometimes, not much of memory about this festival.

    @Sachita: For me that is true of every other non hindu festival other than Xmas. Wish you and your family a happy holidays!

  8. Another lovely blog!! Keep up the spirits!! Merry Christmas to you and bhaiya… 😀

    @Shalu: Thank you! Hope you are having a good holiday there too.

  9. Haha.. I too remember the christmas skit.. I was always in the carol singing group. The characters in the skit invariably wore the same clothes every year, some “azhukku” colored dupattas around their heads.. fun days!

    @Rekha: Fun days for sure! Amazing how many things are common across our generation

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