December. The last month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. The month that begins on the same day as September and ends on the same day as April every year. Winter in the Northern Hemisphere and Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. The one thing that remains common is the festivities. Christmas followed by New Year’s Eve and the dawn of a new year. It’s been a while since I wrote anything. Have been working on two-part Kalpakkam Diaries and that’s coming next.
When I hear the word Christmas, the first thing that comes to my mind is Santa Claus. I must confess that, it’s the gifts that I thought of first. Calling Christmas a religious holiday is highly inaccurate these days. It’s more like a cultural phenomenon, a civil holiday and a celebration when people have fun, a kind, forgiving and charitable time.
The week from Christmas to New Year is perhaps one of the most joyous weeks in the entire year. A time when people put their problems on probation, throw their worries out the window, call a truce with those who bother them, make amends with their conscience and just have a wonderful time with family and friends at home. At this time, all roads lead home. The season when love is heavier than gold and when people open their hearts to love.
On Christmas Eve, people are at their happiest. Music and laughter is in the air. A turkey and some mistletoe will make the season bright. Kids find it hard to sleep that night. They scan the starry skies for the flying sleigh. Lights fill the streets spreading so much cheer. The night dawns on you, every second filled with happiness. Christmas arrives spreading joy among the people. Kids and adults unwrap their presents left to them by Santa. The carols are singing and celebration is everywhere.
The advent of a new year is when people make a wish for a successful year ahead. January 1 is the time for New Year resolutions. Everybody makes resolutions. I always make a few and end up breaking them by the end of January. A new year is after all another chance offered to us to get things right. Just like Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve is also a special evening. The whole world parties into the night to greet the New Year. New York to London, over to Japan, It’s the same. Dance, Music, Bottles, People, Celebration and happiness. The New Year whispers the same thing. It’s never too late to start over; because the world keeps spinning around.
For this holiday season I would like to paraphrase Carolyn Wells,
“You will always like the gifts you get, but you will love the ones you give!”
Wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Cheers! 🙂