Christmas season is my favorite season of the year. No question about that. Ever since I was a little kid, I have nothing but happy memories associated with this season, that joyful spirit. It’s the only time of the year when all of my relatives (from my father’s side) and I get together. We spend the whole Christmas day at my grandparents’ house. We have a house party. We play games, exchange gifts, catch up. Nothing but celebration.
When I was way younger, I used to be so intimidated by all the activity and busy-ness. I didn’t feel comfortable, and the party games made me feel nervous. Moreover, at that time, I detested parties. I always felt out of my element, and so lost, and bored, and I would rather stay at home, where my comfort zone was and where I could have fun in the way I preferred. I saw these family gatherings as a nuisance, as something that only hinders me from the things that I needed to do. I would rather do homework than be in them. Over the years, I have managed to change that way of thinking, and finally I have come to appreciate the event, the ambiance, and the people. If anything, I actually began to look forward to them. It was all about finding self-confidence and perspective. I am so happy that I grew out of that.
It’s a known fact that the older you get, the more you appreciate practical gifts. I’m no different. I want to get clothes and bags for Christmas. I never buy them on my own. Last year, my favorite Christmas gifts were the two bags I got, one a shoulder bag and another a handbag, which I loved.
I just randomly remembered that one time in high school when I had no idea what I wanted to get for my Christmas present, so I just wrote that I wanted a stuffed toy. When I finally received the present, which was the stuffed toy I requested, that’s when I knew… Useless things aren’t useful.
Honestly, I think the reason I love Christmas season so much is that it’s the only time of the year I am home with my family. For the rest of the year, I’m islands away for my studies. I think I’m so lucky that it’s a season of celebration. So then, I have associated all these happy things with the thing that is supposed to be all joy, which is Christmas season.
And I love the combination of it all: the upbeat Christmas music, the carols by children at night, all that delicious food, the Christmas trees and the lanterns and the twinkly colorful lights, seeing my loved ones once again and seeing them happy. What’s not to love about that?
This year, like every other year, I will be spending my Christmas day with the same people at the same place. I am sure it’s going to be a fun time for all of us. At least, I hope so.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone!