Does it feel like Christmas in your house? It sure does in ours!
Like every other year, the serial lights were brought to life around Deepavali. The lights were programmed to turn on at 4:30 P.M. and go down at 10:30 P.M. And every evening over the past few weeks, we have taken delight in getting a glimpse of our well lit tree as we pulled into our driveway at the end of the work day. The Christmas songs in our playlist has been on an endless loop for few weeks now and you could say that the songs are struck in our heads, especially Ram, who is constantly humming and singing Jingle Bells.
Speculation was rife as to whether Santa is real or not. “Amma I believe in Santa but I just would like to know if he is real”, said a torn Hari. Somehow the dots didn’t connect for him. “I am going to hold you tight when I sleep on the night of Christmas eve, so you cannot slip to deliver my present”, said a half convinced Hari who inferred that it was his mom who delivered the present last year from the handwriting on his present. His fears were somewhat assuaged when Santa himself left a message for him. “Your father told me you have been a good big brother and that you like super heroes. So you will be the first to get a surprise when I visit your state. Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas.” The giggle on his face as he heard the message was priceless!
Last night Hari came running to our room at midnight. “Amma where is Santa now?” We had to calm him down and tell him that he is getting ready to deliver presents in Australia. Since this morning, Hari and Ram have been tracking Santa, who as I type this post is headed to Norway. So gotta rush now to roll up my sleeves and bake cookies with my children for the beloved Saint.
While I do that, here’s wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!