Christmas..A Season Of Celebration and Gratitude.

Whether we like it or not, we are running a rat race with super busy and hectic lives. Thankfully, Christmas is that time of the year to connect and reconnect with friends and family. This gives us an opportunity to catch up with those who we may not get an opportunity to talk to as frequently as we would like. And trust me, it’s really wonderful, reminiscing the good ol’ days or just making all kinds of plans to meet soon. Whether or not that materialises is a different matter altogether. But no harm in planning exotic vacations or a much needed reunion. And sometimes during such conversations, some things come up that really force you to think long and hard about things.

One such thing happened when last night I had a long chat with my cousin sister. She lives in San Jose, California. During the hour long call she gave me updates about how their skiing trip was cancelled due to the lockdown enforced in light of the second wave of the pandemic. How for the first time in a really long time, they are celebrating Christmas at home all by themselves. How my niece who was so excited about experiencing college life is now forced to do online classes and is so bored at home that she is picking up new hobbies everyday. How my little nephew is inventing new games to play all by himself. She also mentioned that every year they raise money and buy all kinds of supplies like groceries and blankets and take them personally to the nearby shelters for the poor and less fortunate ones. Over the years, it’s become like a Christmas tradition for them and they make sure their kids help out and in the process know and appreciate how blessed they are. But this year, she mentioned how things were so different.

This year there were far more people queueing up outside the shelter…some had walked for miles to reach the venue, some had been living on the streets for days as they couldn’t find beds in any of the nearby shelters. This time she saw far more homeless families than usual. And upon talking to them, they came to know that most of them were in such dire straits due to loss of employment as many shops/factories/businesses had shut down due to the pandemic and the lockdowns imposed thereafter. Their limited savings were spent, now they were unable to pay their bills, house rent, school fees and were thus on the streets. Homeless. At their wit’s end trying to figure out their next meal. The plight of these families was so overwhelming for my sister that she decided to cut down on their own Christmas budget and extend some more help to these families. Even while narrating the incident, I could hear her choke up.

As for me, well for one, I couldn’t be more proud of her, as her little act of generosity surely would have gone a long way in helping someone in need. But it also got me thinking, if things are as bad as this in the world’s largest economy, then the situation is bound to be much much worse elsewhere. I just couldn’t get the thought out of my mind, of all these families who are jobless, homeless, penniless, with nowhere to go, nobody to turn to. How helpless they must feel. How hopeless the world must seem.

It really made my problems seem silly and inconspicuous in comparison. Made me realize how, so very often, we take things for granted. How ungrateful we are for the things we have. How much we complain and crib about not getting things that we don’t even need.

Yes, this year has been different. It’s been a year like no other. Life has been hectic, chaotic. Life has been mundane, unpleasant. The world out there is unsafe. We are in the grips of an unknown, invisible enemy. We are all living in fear, uncertainty, anxiety. In short, in the past year, life has been difficult and not much has happened to be thankful for.

But we must remind ourselves, that if we have a roof over our head, food on our plate, a warm bed to sleep in, enough money to pay our bills and the love of our near and dear ones, then that’s enough and more reason to be grateful and thankful this Christmas.

Merry Christmas to all πŸŽ…β˜ƒοΈπŸŽπŸŽ„β€οΈπŸ˜€

Christmas is forever,
Not for just one day.
For loving, sharing, giving,
Are not to put away.
Like bells and lights and tinsel,
in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others,
Is good you do yourself.

Norman W. Brooks

37 thoughts on “Christmas..A Season Of Celebration and Gratitude.

  1. A beautiful message delivered through you post! A message everlasting with the spirit of Christmas, which reminds me of A Christmas carol by Charles Dickens, and the lesson delivered to the original uncle Scrooge! True, we should be thankful for all we have, and share a portion with the ones whom destiny has not been so kind to. If so many joined hands, we could fight all enemies and sorrow together, but then we just end up fighting the wrong battles.
    This year has been different though as you rightly pointed out, and many of us have realised just how fragile our sense of comfort and safety is. And the world that dawns out for the survivors will hopefully be a kinder world.
    A Merry Christmas to you and your family πŸŽ…β›„πŸŽ„πŸ¦Œ

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    1. How beautifully you have surmised the point I was trying to make…thank you so much Deb…I hope your daughter loved the gifts which you placed under the tree and that the Christmas celebrations went wellπŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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    1. Am glad you agree that we humans are a selfish lot, always asking for more but hardly ever giving anything back…can only hope we make amends…. season’s greetings to you and your family πŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ

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      1. Thanks so much, yes, humanity does seem to have a stubborn selfish streak, but there is a lighter side as well. Many people are more interested in helping others, being kind, and spreading good will. I guess we have to take the bad with the good.

        Happy Holidays to you and yours! I hope you are enjoying these precious days.

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  2. I stopped many times while reading this piece. Forced to see the ugly reality of the current situation that we sometimes deliberately steer clear of. It was moving. Made me ponder over some real issues, even more than before. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™

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    1. Thank you Sundaram for reading with so much attention and glad that it’s made you think, just like it had an impact on me…the least we can do is help one another and be grateful for all we have…thank you for always being so kind with your words 😊😊

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    1. Thank you so much Miriam.lot of new experiences and lessons learnt this year…hope the new year brings in better days… happy new year in advance to you and your family πŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ

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    1. That’s awful to know that you’re being exploited at work…health is wealth especially now…so you’re taking the right decision…my work permits working from home but no defined work hours.. minimum 12-14 hrs daily…but hope you find a new job that you can do from home or with better work conditions…best wishes to you Kavitha…and happy New year πŸ’πŸ’

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  3. such a beautiful message! very inspiring and insightful post, thank you for sharing🀍

    Follow @everythingtips for tips and recommendations if interested! It would mean a lot to meπŸ₯ΊπŸ€

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