Every year, there are a few holidays that we have all come to love and cherish, partly because of all the memories and traditions, but also because we are given the time to step back and relax while admiring the heartwarming merriment. Christmas is one of those holidays. The joyful music, the cakes, pies and gingerbread houses that we all adore, the warm, inviting decorations. All of these are things that make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year!
Personally, Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday. Not only is it a temporary excuse to stuff your mouth with whatever is in front of you, but it is also a time where everything around you is pretty much perfect. I have many recollections of my childhood Christmases and they all include my family getting together, either singing or playing the piano, putting up the tree, watching movies, everyone trying to fit under one tiny blanket, while also trying to get my father to roll over since he would have probably snored through half of the movie. And these are only a few of the images that pop into my head when I think of the word ‘Christmas’.
Unfortunately, because of the Covid-19 situation, this year’s holidays will be quite different than what we’re used to; not only are the outdoor activities such as carolls and shopping limited, but also family dinners on Xmas Eve will remain a pipe dream. Especially for families such as mine whose members are scattered around the globe. Even though this may seem like the worst case scenario to some people, be sure to remain positive! Maybe instead of continuing traditions this year you can create new ones. Instead of buying decorations online you could create your own! I paint as a hobby and this year I painted the festive image of an elf with a hilarious santa hat and hung it in my living room… I have to admit that it is more rewarding and soul-stirring than any store-bought decorations I’ve ever owned.
Also, if you live alone, a great idea would be to invite a couple of close friends and have a karaoke night, screeching Christmas songs at the top of your lungs; you could even bake some Christmas treats and leave them outside of your neighbors’ doors. Activities such as these will definitely boost the holiday spirit and you might even love them so much that you pursue them next year as well!
The truth is that this year’s Christmas might not be the traditional, spectacular holiday that we all desperately love and need, but it will certainly be imprinted in our hearts for a very long time and it is up to us to make it as remarkable and jolly as ever!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
drawing by maria-louisa vichou
edited by daniel zineldin