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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