I am celebrating the spirit of Christmas with the #UnwrapChristmas blog post chain. I am thankful to Esha for passing on the baton of spreading Christmas joy and spirit to me.
“Did I ever celebrate Christmas?”
The thought had been lingering in my mind for a while now. It started on the day my dear friend Anagha asked me to write a post on Christmas for a guest post (blog hop) activity few days back. She was kind enough to change the topic at my request when I told her that I never celebrated Christmas. Now, when I give it a serious thought, I feel it was quite foolish of me to think that I never celebrated Christmas! As I am celebrating it unknowingly my whole life!
I am a polytheist by nature. Well, my own version of it of course. My thinking obliges me from accepting one deity as the supreme power. I had been analyzing my opinions, thoughts and beliefs over the years and came to a conclusion that I believe in all gods but only follow my heart which means for sure I do not follow any particular religion. Unknowingly these views were hidden in my innocent self as well. It was just that I never gave a serious thought about it!
I hail from an orthodox Brahmin family who belong to the state of Nizams and most of my schooling happened in a christian missionary school. One can notice the diversity already!
Christmas celebrations were a highlight in our school. Christmas tree decoration, cake cutting and cultural activities were something we all enjoyed a lot as kids. The best part was when the goodies were distributed to each and every student of the school. I now feel that those good old days were the best days in life. Frankly, we were not aware of the term ‘intolerance’ then!
Christmas also reminds me of a small adventure I had when I was 11 years old. I snuck out of the house along with my sister by telling everyone that we are off to play and went to a church instead. Hailing from an orthodox family it was out of the question that we would be allowed to go to a church. I still remember the stern look my grandpa gave me when I told him that we spent some time in the church.
When I came to know about the blog chain being conducted as a part of the ‘Secret Santa’ activity, I made up my mind to address an important issue. I always had this question in my thoughts that why is it so difficult for anyone to show mutual respect to each others beliefs irrespective of the religion/faith they follow! Intolerance is not in our culture. The foundation of India was not built upon intolerance. The rate of communal violence and hate crimes is alarming now a days. It breaks my heart to see our brothers and sisters fighting over the so-called man created religions.
Every festival represents togetherness and happiness. As it is the time when family and friends take time off from the otherwise busy schedule and spend time which each other and celebrate.
Hence, Christmas is no different; for it is a festival of togetherness in my view. It brings joy into a kid’s life in the form of gifts from the Santa.
Not to forget the adults like me who feel overjoyed and excited to see a gift!
I am glad that I took part in ‘Secret Santa‘ contest conducted by Writetribe and Blogchatter this year. I love to add a personal element to my gifts and I enjoyed making handmade bookmarks for both my Santee’s 🙂
I hope they loved the surprises as much as I enjoyed packing and sending those gifts!
Love and be loved folks! Let’s not forget the fact that harmony and unity in diversity helped our country stand tall among other nations! Let’s stand strong for each other 🙂
I now invite Ankita to carry forth the Christmas cheer.
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True Keerthi, diversity set in our country is much more than just religious values, it is on the platform of mutual respect and unity.
We hope this spirit never breaks.
Also, merry christmas and a happy new year love 🙂
Indeed Richa. Lets hope that unity prevails!
So glad you joined in for the #Unwrap Christmas blogchain! Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful post today, Keerthi. I loved your honest ‘straight from the heart’ post and enjoyed reading about your experiences too. May the spirit of Christmas light up your life and keep you blessed and happy always.
Thank you Esha 🙂 Have a wonderful year ahead!
I loved your adventure as a kid. I absolutely agree with you that we should be tolerant towards all religion.
Merry Christmas to you as well Balaka 🙂 Thanks a lot for dropping by!
I feel sad that religions & customs have become more important than humans. We do all things to please “unseen” but ignore humanity. I think essence everywhere is same. It is about brotherhood and being kind. But we are doing just the opposite where the journey is important than the destination. You have shown a human side by participating in secret Santa! Great going Keerthi!
You summed up my thoughts Arv. Sadly, it is true that humanity is being ignored 🙁
Beautiful thoughts essayed so wonderfully Keerthi! In fact many of us, me included share the same line of thought of respecting all religions and festivals. I hail from a similar background as you and I studied all through in a convent, so obviously I love Christmas! The problem of intolerance is created by politicians and also the increasing pressure from heads of supposedly minority religions against the vastly accommodating religion that is Hinduism. Phew, but now is not the time for such discussions! Let’s eat, laugh and make merry, ho, ho, ho!
Ha ha true! It is a day to enjoy and be happy. Sadly, I couldn’t manage to bake a cake today though! 🙁
I think we all should take religion out of the equation. Festivals are all about love, harmony and enjoying the present. Your good old days reminded me of my own experiences in a Christian missionary school and the very open Christmas during those times. Hope the spirit of Christmas stays long after Christmas has gone!
Indeed Sree! Lets hope for the best 🙂 Thanks a lot for dropping by!
This post really spoke to me because – I belong to a minority religion in the United States (meaning I’m not Christian) and I’ve been celebrating Christmas all my life, even when my family, growing up, would not allow anything Christmasy into our house. I’ve experienced religious intolerance firsthand – it is something that will destroy us as the human race one day, I fear.
Oh! Sorry to hear that 🙁 Lets hope for a better tomorrow where such intolerance doesn’t see the light of day!
Your sharing raised so many important questions, Keerthi. We must always follow our heart, mustn’t we?
I’m glad Secret Santa was fun this year. I look forward to joining in next year again.
Yeah! Always follow our heart no matter what, it is the right thing to do 🙂
This year was activity fun indeed was and I enjoyed participating in this amazing blog chain too!
On the same page with you Kheer! Let me share you one experience that I had just yesterday. I was returning home yesterday night. Met a friend in our apartment’s lobby. When I wished her, “Merry Christmas”, pat came the reply, “But we are not Christians and we dont celebrate Christmas”. I was dumbfounded. I simply wondered when will every one understand that all prayers go to one Lord…you may call it Vishnu or Shiva or Allah or Jesus. Why do festivities have to be limited to a particular faith. Then a thought came to my mind that by not celebrating the festivities these poor people are depriving themselves of the joy and cheer. Joy, cheer definitely do not belong to any faith, isnt it?
Oh no! Indeed Anagha they are the one who is at loss. Hope they realize that one day!
enjoyed reading your views about celebration. you are right festivals should be celebrated with a feeling of joy, happiness and togetherness. and each one has to respect others religious belief and traditions. wishing you happy holiday season.
Thanks a lot Ritu 🙂 I wish you a wonderful year ahead! Thanks a lot for dropping by.
Agree with you, festivals should be celebrated without religious undertones. They should be about celebrating the very spirit of mankind.
Yeah! I really hope to see that day when all festivals are celebrated with joy by everyone 🙂
Every festival truly represents togetherness the intolerance is something few people have created for their benefits. I feel the base of everything is one and we should celebrate it.
Well said Mahek 🙂 Thanks a lot for dropping by!
True. Festivals are means bring friends and families together, forgive, move on. Most importantly to celebrate the spirit of togetherness.
Merry Christmas and wishing you a Prosperous 2018!
Thanks a lot Ramya. I wish you a happy new year 🙂
The way you unwrap your thoughts is what makes the reader continue till the end! ?
Undoubtedly, well said.. and Merry Christmas Keerthi! ☺️
Thank you for the kind words Richards. Merry Christmas and Happy new year to you ?
That’s a beautiful thought. Every festival brings with it love and togetherness and should be celebrated in the right spirit.