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Merry Christmas, dear friends! I am thankful to Shilpa Garg for passing on the baton of spreading Christmas joy and spirit to me.

As you already know from Shilpa’s post— a few of us have gathered together for Secret Santa tidings, to spread the spirit of Christmas, by sharing what this day means to us. I am celebrating the spirit of Christmas with the #UnwrapChristmas blog post chain.

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“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” 
— Dr Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

It is that time of the year once again when people all around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by following their unique beliefs and traditions. Christmas is a time to bond as a family when friendships are renewed, gifts are exchanged and the message of peace, love and harmony is spread across the world. It is the time to remind ourselves of the sacrifice that Jesus made for mankind and honour His memory by committing ourselves and upholding His spirit before the world.

Growing up in the beautiful North-East, where Christianity dominates, I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy many Christmases in the past, the beautiful carols and hymns holding sway on my impressionable mind bringing me the message of hope for a new beginning and a renewal of spirit.

Today, if we look around, we find that Christmas has now grown beyond religion, having been adopted into most households, irrespective of the religion they belong to, as an occasion to decorate a tree and enjoy large family meals and trying to spread some happiness around. But, is Christmas just that? Or is there more to it? Thoughts that have often left me looking for answers everywhere.

What Christmas Means

In fact, all too often, we seem to forget that Christmas is also the season for giving and receiving love from our fellow beings. It is a time to take stock of our blessings and reach out to those who need help. It is all about being kind to one another, of showing compassion to the less privileged through gestures and actions that speak louder than mere words, and by doing so,  touching another life in a way that few things can.

And, how can we do so?

CHRISTMAS IN D HEARTLike being kind, for instance, or asking people how they’ve been doing, hugging or smiling, sharing someone’s pain by giving them a shoulder to cry on when they need it, or letting go and taking it easy on oneself, being kind to oneself too. At times, it could also mean dusting off one’s gloom and cheering others instead. And, that is what Christmas should be about.

From what I’ve seen, this is what I have deduced—that the Christmas magic is a very powerful one, but our hearts and the power it holds is even more magical.  Our ability to be loving and caring to each other, of pledging to bring hope into our lives and the lives of others, are the greatest gifts to bestow and receive.  

So, even though Christmas is a time for sharing in gift giving and receiving, yet, the best gifts are not those wrapped in beautifully coloured papers, but bound with the lovely threads of faith, hope, and love. Can anything be more beautiful than that? 

As I sign off my post, I leave you all with glad tidings…May your hearts be filled with happiness, joy and peace and may your homes resound with laughter and love! Merry Christmas to you all!

With this post, I mark my very first year of writing for #UnwrapChristmas blog chain.

I now invite Keerthi Vydula to carry forth the Christmas cheer.