I know that not everyone celebrates during the holiday season, and of those that do, there are many different holidays to be celebrated. That being said, Christmas is my favourite time of year. It’s not because of any moral or religious reasons; I just enjoy it for my own reasons.
I work with people from a variety of cultures, countries, and upbringings, so for some of them Christmas is a strange and wonderful holiday that they’ve never experienced before. For others, it’s something that they grew up with but never took part in. For me, it’s more of a cultural celebration than anything else. It’s a part of where I am from, and it’s a part of who I am.
The holidays shouldn’t be about where you are from or what you believe. They should just be a time of happiness and cheer for whoever wants to participate. That being said, I’ll ask that no one turn this post into an argument or a judgement zone.
I’d like to share my favourite things about the season with all of you, and I’ll do my best to write them well so that you may experience them as I do. In turn, I’d love for you to share the things that make you happiest this season (or during whatever holiday of your choice). If you’re interested, we could use this as an opportunity to share new things, exercise our descriptive writing skills, and learn about those that write alongside us, as we are all vastly different.
2) The contagious excitement of children that gives you a swelling feeling in your chest, somewhere between pride and anticipation. The remembrance of pure innocence and the way that it felt.
4) The smiles that people hand out freely for once, as you walk the streets or shovel your driveway. The feeling that you aren’t all strangers as you once thought, but rather friends who are all in on an open secret. The virility of cheer, the unexpected joy at a small kindness, and the ready smiles that you give back in return.
6) How the cheer of the season is almost tangible as it spills out from your home and envelopes the world around you. Thick like toffee and light as air.
7) When a heavy snowfall makes the world around you silent and blurred, giving you the feeling that you are in a small, private snow globe— safe and peaceful and full of beauty. It’s so simple, yet so profound.
These things, and many more, and what make Christmas so meaningful to me. It’s a time when I remember childhood holidays fondly, and while it does make me miss my family sorely, I’m thankful to have had such wonderful Christmases to remember. As we move from children to adults, we often have to start making our own traditions, and it’s a bittersweet experience, but one that helps us to define ourselves.
Wherever you are, whatever you celebrate, or if you even do at all, I wish you the happiest of Decembers, and an excellent New Year.
Now, if you will, tell me what makes your preferred holiday so wonderful!