Tuesday, 22 October 2013

My Santa Claus, real-ly!




I love Christmas! For 25 years now I have hung stockings, decorated trees, made wreaths from leaves, bells with Styrofoam cups, and had cakes upon cakes – since that’s what you eat when Christ is born, or so I want to believe for my gastric merriment sake. It’s a different matter that often socks in place of stockings and potted look-alikes (or those shimmery ones from China) rather than original Xmas trees were used. It’s also a different matter altogether that eating the cakes took precedence over getting the buntings up in time, maybe. Be that as it may, my Christmas has never lacked cheer or a stocking on Christmas eve. Because Santa Claus never forgets to drop by!

I am 30 years old and my son is a little over 2. Here is a picture of us from last Christmas, with both of us believing that Santa Claus is coming to town. I have decided to perpetuate this myth for as long as he starts to reason with me, and then reply to him ...

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24 comments:

  1. Another fantastic post Sakshi (I'm going to stop saying that - since that's a given:)); Yep, Christmas is definitely a wonderful period and everything you said rings true. And yes, encouraging the spirit of christmas and the magic of Mr. Claus not only keeps the kids happy, it also helps us re-ignite the little bit of childishness that we have left (not me, I've not exactly grown up - psychologically speaking:) And since like me you seem pretty gaga over the festive season, at some point, do consider experiencing a typical "white" christmas (jf you haven't already). Along with everything else you've mentioned, it's one of the best feelings in the world.

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    1. Well, you guessed it, Sid. It is indeed a way of becoming a child for me too, all over again. That is, in case I ever grew up. :P
      Have experienced a "white" Xmas on foreign shores. That made me love the season like never before! :)

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  2. beautiful...beautiful...

    I believe in Santa as much as you do, lady and perhaps one day my little one will also discover that he's not for 'real' but till then...who's stopping the imagination bug to fly?

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    1. Yes, who's stopping the imagination from taking wings? Thanks a lot for reading, Kajal! :)

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  3. This was just such a beautiful, heartwarming post which brought back memories of more innocent times. Yes, festivals and occasions like these are when we can take a break from being serious adults and go back to living out our childish fantasies. More so when we can actually behave like children along with our little ones without actually being all bossy and parenty with them. Love the fact that you do so much for all your Christmases, truly love it and maybe this is something that I need to rekindle in myself. My wife is all excited about some of the festivals that we Tam Brahms celebrate and to be honest I am not all gung ho about it as I think the child in me has been dormant for quite a while now. But this post has awakened the kid in me, and maybe this Diwali will be a revelation to my wife. Thanks Sakshi for bringing back some awesome memories and a wonderful warm feeling in my heart.

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    1. I think a part of my love for Xmas comes from me having studied in Missionary Schools throughout. Makes me a child again, with my child. I actually became Santa for him last xmas and my husband was the reindeer. :D He was, of course, the naughty elf.
      Well, you should be gung-ho about festivals, Tam Brahm ones or otherwise. Who minds another reason another season to celebrate? :D Now that the kid is awake in you, start preparing for the one that's round the corner - Diwali.

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  4. Such a heart warming post. I too remember hanging socks instead f stockings and those potted trees. And your post was amazing. I am already waiting for Christmas!!!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Red Handed. Good to see you around! :)

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  5. Lovely warm post, Sakshi! I studied in convents too. I was regular at Christmas choir and still sing all the carols loudly with my kids. Here in their school, they celebrate Christmas but unlike you I have never brought the celebrations home. I recently overheard my elder son telling the younger one, there is no Santa, it is just a story :). And on they went sharing their own views. But my fondest memories are of a white Christmas we spent in Scotland many years back. The cheer, the festivity was all so spectacular.

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    1. How nice to know that. Scotland must be beautiful. :)
      That must have been some conversation to over hear, Rachna. I love it when I see children playing/interacting without knowing they are being observed/heard. Tells us so much about them!
      Thanks a lot for reading!

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    2. Yes, their conversations are so heartwarming. Sometimes, when I yell at one, the other one comes to comfort the sibling also putting in a word about how mean mommy/daddy are. And their incessant talk of Pokemon drives me up the wall :).

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    3. How wonderful how they stand up for each other, and make their parents their common "enemy". Shows the bonding is in place. Lots of love to them!

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  6. Chirtmas!!! yesss!!! Homemade cakes and pastries..

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  7. Sorry...christmas! :D ..and ofcourse the annual school play and Christmas carols!!!

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    1. I understand. Christmas, and cakes do that to my typing too. :D Thanks for reading, Abhijnan. :)

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  8. Awww...that was such a sweet and feel good post. :-) I missed reading it that day. So came over again and I'm glad I did. :-) We too practice decorating the Christmas tree and placing gifts for the kids, since my first-born was 2. Now she is 7 and does realize that it is Mommy and Daddy who play the Santa, even though we refuse. So, she makes it a point to let us know what she wants from her Santa every year, just like you did it through this post. :-D

    Loved reading the various lessons that Christmas, rather Santa teaches us. This is exactly why I love festivals. They make so many things easier to be taught to the little ones.

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    1. Why I love festivals too, Rekha. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Oh. Nice .
    Iam A lso waiting for Christmas

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  10. Cant tell u in words how much i enjoyed reading this post!Following u on google+ now!

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    1. How wonderful to know that a writer like yourself can be left wordless. :) Great compliment you pay me there. Thank you for following me. Hope I don't disappoint you. :D

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  11. Im now waiting for Christmas! Your post took me back to the best Christmas I had.....2010 in NYC. Thank you.

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    1. Glad to have made you time-travel back into your beautiful memories. Many thanks for stopping by, Pooja. :)

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