It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Deck the halls

I’ve been listening to holiday music since Friday, 26 November. Per Jadhav tradition, that is the day when the Christmas season begins. That night, we decorated a perfect little live Charlie Brown-esque tree on my balcony, hung strings of lights and ornaments in my room, lit a tray of red and white candles and covered my lonely compact fluorescent bulb with a shimmering paper star.

I’ve been a little slower on the blog, but today I’ve hung a nice string of Christmas lights across the top of the page. They’ll probably stay there until February (which is about right for my speed at taking decorations down).

And with my school on holiday now, I’ve been planning a Christmas Eve/Day lineup of comfort food, sweets and movies to watch on this day of celebration.

Delhi shopping malls are doing their part, rolling out ostentatious decorations, blaring holiday music too loud for shoppers and generally embracing the less-than-enjoyable, let’s-spend-lots-of-money nature of secular Christmas in the states. Garish and all-too-commercial though it may be, the spectacle warms my heart with nostalgia.

Even the weather here in Delhi makes it feel like a proper winter, with temps in the low 40s Fahrenheit at night.

I’ve got a trip to a Methodist church planned and recently bought a bible that contains both Hindi and English translations side-by-side for a nice reading of Luke. I freely admit to not being a consistent church-goer these days; I’m a pluralist but cling to my roots as a Methodist, holding on to the valuable aspects of faith and ignoring the messy bits of organized religion.

But the Christmas season brings back a lot of fond memories and genuine opportunities for reflection, warmth and personal revelation.

So I celebrate happily and proudly. Merry Christmas, everyone.

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2 Responses to “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

  1. kelly Says:
    December 21st, 2010 at 11:23 am

    there are no lights! this is a lie!

  2. kelly Says:
    December 21st, 2010 at 11:24 am

    well how funny. now there are lights. goodie :)!

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