Christmas | Then and Now

December 27th, 2006 7:41 pm by Goldmember

So another Christmas has rolled on by. We may not yet be packing up the decorations ..the mistletoe that we hopefully hung under the door (but the only women that stood under it were your 60 year old aunties.. ).. the plastic xmas trees etc… but essentially the main part of Xmas is over.. (time files by!)

Im sure we’d have had a lot of fun over the last week leading up to Xmas day. Most of us on misual.com are i think in the 15 to 35 years age group.. and the way we celebrated Xmas must have been pretty much along the same lines more or less..

some of us would have gotten drunk and partied on the 24th would have gotten into some friend of a friend’s car and would have driven around the town wishing strangers a merry xmas.. (not that that is a bad thing generally speaking..)

some of us would have gone to church on the 24th and may have have stayed back for ‘zaikhawm’ etc

some would have opted to stay quietly at home and maybe do the ‘arsa kan’ routine at night and sit around the fire/electric heater and have a quiet chat with similar friends talking about past Xmases.
a few of us would have taken the opportunity to zero in on that hot chick/dude on whom you’ve had your eye on since January 1st… and depending on your luck/drunken state of victim/ would have had your chances to ‘score with her/him so for those involved in above activity that could have been fun..

Now all these activities I have described above are what most of us would have done upon reaching some level of adulthood..say once you’ve reached the 16 plus age group .. and its all very good fun.. I myself had a great time helping out at church on the 24th and 25th – i was the head receptionist at our Bangalore Mizo Xmas celebrations :) (more on that if asked for..)

what i noticed amongst the people i hung out with on these days was this constant refrain – “kan tetlai khan a lo nuam ber a nih hi..krismas hi chu” (translation – Xmas was the best when we were kids…);

Do you misual.commers feel the same way? Was Xmas a more enjoyable time when you were kids?

as I was going about my Xmas duties i was observing the kids around me.. they seemed to be carefree and enjoying the festive season – running around and shouting and screaming and showing off their gifts and xmas dresses.. which was basically what we or i did when i was a kid.

back in those days in mizoram we could use fireworks with no restrictions on the night of 24th Dec… (im not sure how it is now but i do recall the YMA/Govt imposing restrictions on usage of fireworks)

so every 24th night i would go to my cousins’ place in Saron veng and i wud be woken up around 1130 and wud rush out to watch the wonderful fireworks show put up by neighbors and then light some of your own and generally have oodles of fun till you were drop dead tired…
then in the morning you would get gifts from your parents or relatives and if you had new clothes to wear you would be all eager to put them on and rush to church to tell all your friends about your new gifts etc..

nowadays Xmas has that ‘been there – done that’ feeling.. you feel a bit jaded over the whole affair of Xmas. yeah you might have fun but its not the carefree unbridled joyous fun you’d have had when you were young…

i am generalising here but i wud assume most of us wud have had happy christmases when we were kids.. however if there are some who feel that the older you get the better your Xmases are then please let us have your views on the topic!

Note: i dont wanna get into the religious connotations of how Christmas should be celebrated cuz that would bring a theological aspect into the discussion which is not what im aiming to to bring in.

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21 Responses to “Christmas | Then and Now”

  1. 1
    benjamin Says:

    Do you misual.commers feel the same way? Was Xmas a more enjoyable time when you were kids
    – Pretty much.

    This xmas, pretty good for meh.

    24th – went to reception, good mutton biryani for lunch
    – go to church in the afternoon
    – @7 went to a hotel for xmas play under the theme “The Sign” followed by dinner
    – Came back by 10.
    – Joined Choolaimedu boys for Sawhchhiar party at Yes Yes Mahal where we witnessed man man made swimming pool in the bathroom.
    – Left around 1:30
    – Again took off to Henry’s place around 3. Unfortunately, his sister and friends had slept so it was “Lap nai”.
    – Came and slept till noon
    – Came to Mizo Xmas Programme
    – After dinner moved to Chennai City centre to post for picture with Santa.
    – Came back to Mawteii’s house for Xmas cake
    – Then return for a few round of drinks with Gyna.

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    J Says:

    I agree completely that Christmastime is best when you’re a kid. You don’t feel any pressure on you to “enjoy” yourself….it just comes naturally whereas as adults you’re under so much pressure to have a good time, you end up feeling stressed out and a bit hollow in the end. I guess the weight of too many expectations bums you out. And it’s why some people have what’s called SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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    Sandman Says:

    Was Xmas a more enjoyable time when you were kids?

    Great post there bro. Although you strike a deep chord with your statement, I think one reason why we think we enjoyed X’mas more when we were kids is because we are now no longer kids (haha! reminds me of a corny fortune cookie line)

    The fact is, we had loads of fun then, but when kids of this era have that same fun we went through, we tend to assume that they are not having that much fun as we did, simply because we don’t find what the kids are doing today fun anymore. J would be the right person to explain this behavioral “phenomenon” :-D

    Once you have kids living in your own house, you will see what I mean. I played Santa this X’mas to my two nieces, age 4 and 9, sneaking into their room in the middle of the night, and you should see their faces lighting up with excitement and enthusiasm when they woke up the next morning and found their thlang-ra filled with presents and goodies. They definitely had an amazing time.

    These kids aren’t going to grow up saying, “Its not fair because you guys had so much fun during your time and we didn’t”. No, to them, the fun that they are going through now is the only fun they know of, and hence is the greatest fun according to them. And, I guess that’s what matters the most in the end, that each of us have the greatest fun and most memorable time during our respective era. Thats the spirit of Christmas.

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    wine cold Says:

    Freedom is for children why can it, be for me…….children are so very lucky they don’t understand what’s wrong…….remember this song guys??

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    myself Says:

    i enjoy as a grew older……….those things which are “thil thing lutuks” for youth are now a pleasure for me….cause i no longer enjoy joyride and those stuff……..
    but look into yourself and do what you like the most……… dont try to find pleasure in where others find ….for teenagers even smoking cigarette outside homes near a bonfire may be pleasure ..but for you it may be a day to day things………
    so i did what i like and i enjoy this christmas as i always do………

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    marie Says:

    It was really amazing when we were kids nothing to think holidays,doh thlak ,korthar,chhangban thats all i use to think about great

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    BlackWhite Says:

    Disappointment of the year:-
    Germany not winning the World Cup!

    *gives that look of, “Hey, that’s as far as I’ll remember 2006″ *

    BTW, that’s just my state of mind actually :)

    Coming back to GM’s post, Christmas wasn’t “Merry”, but it sure was ahem!… *clears his throat*…. personal…*looks up, stretches, thinks and brings out the word* “C-O-Z-Y” : P

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    virgochhas Says:

    was khawsik in bed on 24th afternoon….

    again started on 25th and last till 27th

    sala…

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    benjamin Says:

    Ok, where are you BW :-)

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    spikey Says:

    hmang nuam awm bik ve aw..solo a hman ai chuan nuam vek anih khi hahaha keichu naupang lai anuam zok ka ti i mean buk sak vel leh han in run sak vel, VDP leh YMA han chhaih kawlh vel te han in um tir vel te, nula in a han risk luh vel poh poh lai te kha a ngaihawm alawm le….

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    vanalhruaia sailo Says:

    December a nih meuh chuan promotion exam kan zo toh. A va thaw ven thlak em… Kristmas a pawisa hman tur tuakin ramah thing kan pu a, sava veh pahin. Nu leh paten hunawl hman thatnan an tih vang a ni ang chu, “In thing putte kan lei ang”, an ti a, phur takin ram lamah sava veh pahin thing pu turin kan chhuak a, hawn lamah kan zawh tawk ang thing kan pu haw a. Ram lama zawh tawka kan ngaih kha a chang chuan a lo rit thin khawp a, in kan thlen chuan chauh a na thei khawp mai.

    Thing fak tlawn 4(li) cheng khatin min lei sak, kristmas a rawn thlen chuan cheng sawm nga vel kan khawl hman..nuam tak a ni…. urlawk zanah Pi Zari dawra a mi chow (fun khat cheng 2) lei turin kan inzui chhuak… lungkham dang reng a awm tawh lo…kha aia thiltum leh hlawhtlinna ropui a awm mawlh lo….

    In hnuaiah “Buk lem” kan sa a, buara kan neih ang ang thawh khawmin. Mahni kutkawih ngei a kan buk lem a han awmte kha a nawm dan a ril khawp thin. Kan chow kan te in chhung lum a ei lo va kan buk sak ngei a tui ti tak a kan ei thin te kha, khawvelah hian kan va han lungawi thin tak em. Khang thil te kha thil nuam ti a sawi tham a va ni tak em.

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    vanlalhruaia sailo Says:

    December a nih meuh chuan promotion exam kan zo toh. A va thaw ven thlak em… Kristmas a pawisa hman tur tuakin ramah thing kan pu a, sava veh pahin. Nu leh paten hunawl hman thatnan an tih vang a ni ang chu, “In thing putte kan lei ang”, an ti a, phur takin ram lamah sava veh pahin thing pu turin kan chhuak a, hawn lamah kan zawh tawk ang thing kan pu haw a. Ram lama zawh tawka kan ngaih kha a chang chuan a lo rit thin khawp a, in kan thlen chuan chauh a na thei khawp mai.

    Thing fak tlawn 4(li) cheng khatin min lei sak, kristmas a rawn thlen chuan cheng sawm nga vel kan khawl hman..nuam tak a ni…. urlawk zanah Pi Zari dawra a mi chow (fun khat cheng 2) lei turin kan inzui chhuak… lungkham dang reng a awm tawh lo…kha aia thiltum leh hlawhtlinna ropui a awm mawlh lo….

    In hnuaiah “Buk lem” kan sa a, buara kan neih ang ang thawh khawmin. Mahni kutkawih ngei a kan buk lem a han awmte kha a nawm dan a ril khawp thin. Kan chow kan te in chhung lum a ei lo va kan buk sak ngei a tui ti tak a kan ei thin te kha, khawvelah hian kan va han lungawi thin tak em. Khang thil te kha thil nuam ti a sawi tham a va ni tak em.

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    chabetkaia Says:

    Tlem a tlei deuh hma chuan duh leh pa ten thlasa phul a, rual kan awk bik lo nan a, kumpui linglet a thawh chhuah ve ta khan masi thawmhnaw min han lei sak a,Ka nu duh tak leh min hmangaih em em tu chuan, “Mama tun kum chu sum duh angin kan ngah lo tlat mai, thawmhnaw pawh a kim in i nei thei dawn lo anih hi, na kumah pheikhawk chu kan lei mai dawn nia..” tiin ka lungawi loh hlauh tak chung si a min han hnem lai te kha…

    Urlawk zan chu dawhthlak zan kan ti mai a, lukham lu ah thleng nen tui takin kan han mu suk suk a, a tuk zing a kan thleng han en vel te leh Masi putar min pek nia kan ngaih han lawm vel te kha…

    Tlem in kan han hleikang ve deuh ta a. Ni e, final exam zawh atrang kha chuan mahni leh tawkin sum tuak kan tum ve em em a, mi lovah Hmarcha zut ten kan han in hlawh ve ta trauh trauh thrin a, Masi vuak vel a, Kuhva man tur leh Chass te thil kanpui na tur a sum thawh tur nu le pa te dil ngai lo turin, mahni a intodelh tum in kan lo urlawk ve ta thrin anih kha maw…

    Sawih hmaih thianglo Rawlthar nun kan tem ve tran a, hmelduh te nena han hman ho te kha aw..!!! ” khawvel damlai pialral” ka tilo phal lul love..

    “Tunah zawng maw,
    Truan trul in mualza tam karah
    Damlaini ka lo chhiar ve ta si a le..
    A liam hnu hun nuam dawn kirin,
    Nunhlui ngai ka lo trap e..”

    tih hla hi kan lo sa kan sa ve ta anih hi maw!!!!!!!!!

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    Lazydog Says:

    Happy New Yaaar, boys, whether you were lucky during Christmas or not !

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    tiger Says:

    well , here in uk i know that i enjoyed the olden days, days when a gift often would be little more than chocs plus an orange. theres an old english phrase “an orange at christmas”..aaah..those were the days alright…

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    dakul_sphinx Says:

    A va NEW YEAR hma e, tomorrow night ah Happy new YARRRRRrr thei trepsss

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    Midian Says:

    Hmm….X-MAS NEW YEAR tih vel chu nahiii….ho lutuk…Valentines Day a nuam berrrr

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    cowboy Says:

    gm chu ziak thra khop mai,gues u r stil gud at writing

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    rape Says:

    rape

    news

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    zeus Says:

    Christamas ah ka haw dawn!!

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    TuaiSialA Says:

    Zeus, i haw ta em?

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