A simple and blissful Christmas10:34 AM
The irony, is that I didn't even try making it good. I didn't try to conform to any guidelines and ideals defined by culture and society. I decided to just do what I enjoy doing: eating comfort food, sipping hot tea, opening gifts, and watching a good movie.
We started our Christmas celebration on December 24th, because I grew up celebrating that day, and it feels way way less forced and artificial for me to just keep with that pattern.
I started that day by going out early in the morning to get a chance at getting the sourdough bread I love at my local bakery. Mumbai was experiencing a chill at the time, so the rickshaw ride kind of felt like we were in an open sleigh of sort, and yes, it felt pleasantly cold.
I then spent the day relaxing, and cooking a batch of chicken liver spread and then made "pigs in a blanket" (except with chicken sausages).
DH came home early that day so we could all open presents together, and the sausages and liver spread were pretty much our dinner. Then, Ishita was ready for bed, but not before she ceremoniously poured a glass of milk for Santa and placed cookies on a plate (and a carrot for the reindeers).
By Christmas morning Santa dropped a gift for her on his way and we just lazed around the whole morning. For, we had plans in the afternoon, the best kind of plans :
We headed to the mall and multiplex to see a movie we knew we would all enjoy : The latest Star Wars (which released in India on the 25th itself). I loved it because I am a Star Wars fan, DH loved it because he likes Star Wars too, and Ishita loved it because she is OBSESSED with spaceships and robots.
Once the movie was over, we headed for a cup of coffee and did some Christmas light watching in Hiranandani Gardens in Powai.
It was a ridiculously simple Christmas, with no pressure to be the perfect hostess or have the most perfect food on the table. There was no slaving in the kitchen the whole day to produce a special meal to grace the occasion. There was no urge to take a ton of pictures to capture the happiness with a camera for shield. There was no fancy clothing, no bells and whistle (other than the bells on the tree). No fancy table (something we are a bit too big about in my homeland and never made much sense to me). Nope, there was nothing cosmetic and impressive about that Christmas.
What is had however was : a lot of love, a lot of warmth, a lot of simplicity, a lot of fun, a lot of things we enjoy, some pretty lights and a feeling of bliss coming from it all. And, after a whole month of jammed packed weekends (and weekdays) a lot of gatherings and parties with friends and little time to rest.
For the first time, I didn't feel like I was particularly missing out on anything by not having guests over on Christmas Day (not that I hate guests, far from it).
This Christmas and overall Holiday season had the perfect blend of decor, fun, cheer, get together and love. Just how it is supposed to be...
Now, as December is coming to an end, I find myself reflecting on the year that was and counting my blessings as I always do. Don't expect much activity from my part on the blog. I am stuck in that zone where Christmas is over but not just quite yet. I of course have plans and ideas for the blog, all of which will come with 2016. 2016, with its promises of starting anew, and having a blank canvas to work with...