Feelin’ of melancholy swept through my mind.Its that time of the year again, Christmas is round the corner.
Every family getting ready for Christmas. The new dresses, the gifts, the cards, the decorations, the food, the cake, the tree, everything have to be taken care of.
Some parents will take their children to the finest shops in town and buy them branded clothing, for some it is the worst part of the year, wondering how they will tell the kids without breaking their heart that they will have to chose between a new dress, new shoe, new jacket etc. because there is not enough funds for all of them to have one of each. Shopping for gifts (dawhthlak tur), going to Leo Toys etc.
Every tailor in town will be busy with the rush of orders and people panicky as the D-day comes closer.
Children window shopping on the way home from school. Theres cards to buy for the teachers, for the ‘Sunday School zirtirtu’, friends, family etc. “Archies Gallery”, “Hustler”, “Glitz” etc…which one to go to….
Youths and “Kohhran Hmeichhia” will be busy with decorating their respective church. Elders will arrange different committees for different purposes, “Ruai Committee”, “Chaw-tra-ni Committee”, “Buhthlei pawl” etc. etc.
The “YMA” etc. will most probably PROHIBIT buying and selling of crackers. There will be more check points for alcohol, drugs etc.
Zion Street will be packed. Folks from out of town streaming in for Christmas Shopping, everyone moving along with the push and pull of the crowd. Boney-M will be heard from somewhere, loudly singing “Feliz Navidad”, and from some corner Lalsangzuali will croon “Kumhlui, kumhlui,kumhlui…”.
As for me, I’ll be listening to The song which goes like this –
”I’ll have a blue Christmas without you,
I’ll be so blue, just thinkin’ about you,
Decorations of red, on a green Christmas tree,
Won’t be the same; dear, if you’re not here with me…”
To all of you,
”Merry Christmas, and a happy holiday”
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