“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” – Margaret Thatcher
The occassion of christmas, as we all know is a special one as it marks the birth of Christ. On this auspicious day we love to spend our time with our family and friends sharing our love and care for one another. It is one such occassion that binds you closer to your family and loved ones.
This year, as I was decorating the Christmas tree with my son Mishuk, memories of my childhood Christmases came flooding back to me. In a moment of time I was mentally transported back to my childhood days when Christmas was all fun and no work. It seems like only yesterday that I like any other kid had the chance to spend my Christmas with no responsibilities on my shoulder or any work schedule to follow. But as they say, everything changes with time so, did my Christmas celebrations over the years.
Back in the 70’s when I was still a kid Christmas for me meant, spending the entire day with family. Starting from decorating the entire house to lighting up the christmas tree everything helped to brighten up the christmas mood at home. Speaking of which our christmas celebration always started with a delicious breakfast at Flurys with ma and baba. It was like a family tradition that demanded to be followed. Though it still continues to be a tradition in the family but the only thing is that i rarely get to be a part of it anymore. Now that I look back in the past I realize that how things have changed over the years. Once memories of going to flurys for christmas breakfast in the morning and decorating the house with baba was now replaced by going for shoots and busy work scedules. It is true that I strongly yearn to live those memories all over again but as you know every good thing has to come to an end. Now I find happiness in seeing my son Mishuk enjoying his christmas with his family. My son spends almost his entire year away from his home in the hostel but during this time of the year he joins us in our merry making. I being a loving father try to make sure that his short stay with us is worth every moment. While I stay busy in the morning becuase of my work, my son Mishuk continues to carry forward the tradition of going to Flurys for breakfast with the other members of the family. Inspite of my busy schedule I try to make it a point to spend as much time as possible with Mishuk and my family. I may not be able to be a part of the entire Christmas celebration at home but going out for dinner with Mishuk is mandatory. After all establishing balance is the essence of life.
My profession may have deprived me of golden family moments and a lot more but it has given me more than I could have ever asked for. Therefore, if you ask me whether I have any regrets or not, I will proudly say no. I love my profession and have dedicated more than half of my life to it. What I believe is that sacrifices are necessary if you want to achieve something big in your life and I have made my sacrifices. Have you made yours?
May this Christmas be a Merry One for you and your family. Gob bless. Love you all.