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It’s the most wonderful time of the year..


There is something magical about Christmas. Call me a romantic or dreamer , I love Christmas, every little drama associated with it. I like the Christmas movies, streets festooned with decorations and light, high streets and shops decked with twinkly Christmas lights, mad rush in the shops, Christmas fair and Markets. I wait with anticipation for the Regents street and Oxford Street lights to be switched on . When I walk back home in the evenings in to our street looking up at all the homes  decked and lit up , windows with  warm glow  of lights, lovely Christmas Wreaths, I feel a sense of elation.

Having grown up in India, where Diwali is celebrated with more pomp and show, my exposure to Christmas was very limited and probably only limited to what you see on movies.  When I moved to London, it was Autumn, and just about when the days are getting shorter and it gets dark very quickly. There were a plethora of conflicting emotions running around inside my brain.I was terribly homesick, missing my family and friends ,I was working full time in India, suddenly I  had no where to go, I had many things to do at home,I was trying to sort things out in a new City, and a new country, trying to make sense of and understand my surroundings , it would get dark outside by 4.00 pm, there were no birds chirping,very eerily silent and I had no friends or family nearby. India is a cacophony of sounds, and I used to live in Mumbai, a city which never sleeps ,I could hear noises and chatters constantly , the neighbours television,the traffic, the odd conversations from neighbouring flat etc . I was feeling miserable and terribly lonely. I would constantly wonder what have I brought upon myself and my husband who probably was facing the same challenges , would listen to me moan about being miserable. And then one day in late November we went to Oxford street, with no pretext, just exploring the new  city we were in , and the Christmas Lights were on ! The theme was Enchanting Christmas, there were blue twinkling lights all over the street, I was so dazzled and captured by the sight,  suddenly everything was bright and shiny.  We wandered  around and ended up in Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. The Christmas Market with little wooden stalls and shops selling  all sort of gifts, ice skating rink with people happily gliding on ice , with Christmas songs playing , smell of cinnamon and wine and smoke rising  from foods stalls,  I was drawn in to a festive cheer. That day on our way back home on tube , I asked my husband, ” Do you think we should put some lights for Christmas at home. ? ”  and he replied, “I suppose we could. “. And that is how  our little Christmas tradition started. 

We all have our favourite parts or moments of Christmas. My personal favourite moment of Christmas celebration is cooking Christmas dinner with my friend , and our respective spouses busy with PlayStation somewhere else in the home , dropping in to the kitchen from time to time to check on the status of food. And after the Christmas dinner, we would all gather in front of television with our desserts to watch a movie. I love the serenity of that moment, all the excitement ,talks and chatter drifts into a blissful sweet slumber. 

I always associate Christmas with lights ,merriment and laughter.  The numerous unknown people on that day years ago in the Christmas market, laughing with their friends and family , their cheery disposition cured me of my misery,  Christmas gave me something to look forward to. Smiles and happy faces are infectious and you never know when cheerfulness can rub on you. So here is a wish this holiday season, have yourself a Merry little Christmas, spread the joy of laughter and happiness this holiday season , you never know whose life you are lighting up..

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I am originally from India and currently live in London with my husband. I have acquired a taste for travelling and exploring from my husband, I love to read and often wonder and muse about inconsequential things and banalities of life. I have an amazing set of friends who patiently listen to my incessant musings and wondering about life. I thought I should start a blog and send my wonderings and musings, in to ether. All the photographs used on the blog are my experimental photography using I phone and I Pad. Hope you enjoy reading the blog.

4 thoughts on “It’s the most wonderful time of the year..

  1. You have expressed the spirit of Christmas so beautifully with your words and pictures Usha. I will always fondly remember the fun we 4 had for Christmas , be it the tasting of mulled concoctions for the first time or the frozen toes in Winchester Christmas market , but the most memorable of all was us driving through the quaint villages of Peak District with snow falling outside and us humming along the Christmas songs , it was so magical. Thank you both for making this whole dream of an experience a reality for us !!

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  2. How very well expressed Usha…right words n so pictorial. It seems like a scene from ” my type of movies” This “Enchanting Xmas” will stay with me for a very long time.
    Keep writing…..

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