Angelic, blessed, candlelit, cozy, dashing, festive, generous, giving, gracious, holy, incarnate, jolly, lavish, magical, merry, miraculous, seasonal, spiked, spirited, spiritual, wondrous, yuletide.
Those are just some of the words I found while surfing the web for ubiquitous Christmas terms which I will get back to later on the article.
Yes we do have our own ethos as Christians, Ethiopians. We do have our sole way of spending the day merrily yet in vicinity, from the fasting month to the feasting day. From the early morning church rituals to the local hockey games. We do have our own colour to this holiday. We do have our special olden times. Yes we do celebrate it inversely trough the least materialistic way. But that’s not why I love Christmas.
Growing up in a catholic school, Kidane Mehiret, there has always been this essence throughout the Christmas month. From the pre seasonal movies we watch and books we read, Christmas carol to name one, the whole school looks forward to the two days of celebration at school. On the first day, each class presents Christmas shows on the school ground before the whole school, which is after days of rehearsing. And the next day, each class garnishes the classrooms, gather money for food and drinks, and Christmas dances, secret friend gifts and whatnot. It wasn’t just the Christians reveling that reunion but everyone from different background.
For that matter, “Christmas” has always been about unison for me. As it’s globally termed it’s , “Angelic, blessed, candlelit, cozy, dashing, festive, generous, giving, gracious, holy, incarnate, jolly, lavish, magical, merry, miraculous, seasonal, spiked, spirited, spiritual, wondrous, yuletide.”
It may be a religious holiday. It is. And tomorrow particularly maybe a local holiday for us. Yet Christmas for me is never about those. Having those foundations it is more than that. It’s what bring us all together with our different beliefs put aside. Anyone can tell the advent of Christmas season, another season away. It has always been different. People are much perkier, kinder, lenient, amorous and what not. There is quite a marque about it all. Growing up in that school that’s what I got. Christmas was the birth of a joyful season. Which I still celebrate it by.
I say Christmas is for all by all. So while sticking to our bygone ways of celebrating the holiday, seeking out our folklore, whether you attend the church programs or you stay in to decorate the tree, whether you spend the night out or in preparing the local feast and drinks, whether you focus on the birth of Jesus Christ or the coming of Santa to deliver the gifts, by the end of the day the aim is to go to bed full, with a smile on the face, blessed from giving and receiving as Esprit de corps! Is The reason for the season.
Let us all bring part off all our beliefs to the table and feast on the good spirit together.