Sunday, December 25, 2005

This Time of the Year...

I just looooove this time of the year! It is just soooo cold! I love it when the weather is chilly and cold! And most of all I love this time of the year ‘cause it’s CHRISTMAS!! I love Christmas as much as I love Divali. Both are times of such great happiness!
In school of course I liked both these hols for a different re
ason altogether: we would get our term breaks during each holiday! But before school closed we would have our annual day where each class would put up plays and dances for our parents. There would be a display of some really bad acting and dancing! But all the parents would clap, cheer and congratulate us on the wonderful show that we kids had put up for them.
There was a rule in our class that all the children in each class should be seen up there on the stage doing something or the other, no one was left out without a part. So I have played such diverse parts from a villager to a narrator to a witch! The story in which the last character appeared was made up by all of us when we were in the 6th class. Each of us contributed to the story and built it out of our own imagination, and also decided who would play which part. We had named it ‘Rose and the Rainbow Cat’! That was such a lot of fun! The majority of us played witches with a girl cast as ‘Rose’ and a boy cast as the ‘Rainbow Cat’. All of us ‘witches’ just relished our parts, because we got to act really nasty! Hee hee hee! [That’s wicked witches’ laughter for the uninitiated! :))] Also, we got to put on some really outlandish makeup!
We would also start singing Christmas carols and songs like ‘Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly’, ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘Good King Wensceslas’, ‘Silent Night’, ‘Joy to the World’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and many others.
When I was in the 7th standard, instead of the traditional play and dance routine, we had an annual day where all the classes sang carols. My class sang ‘Twelve days of Christmas’. All of us were divided into 12 groups and my best friends P and S and I got the first verse to sing: “A partridge in a pear tree”. Boy! Was that fun or what!
And I remember one time when we were really young, m
y brother, cousin and I had written letters to Santa Claus detailing all that we wanted. On Christmas morning there were two miniature Christmas trees on our desks along with a book for me (drat!), and I don’t remember what my brother got. Along with all these was a letter stating how sorry Santa Claus was that he could not bring us what we wanted. My mother sure was clever (still is!)! But the disappointment of not getting what I’d asked for did not last for long as I was so very excited that Santa had actually come to our home and dropped off gifts!! :))
After school I sort of lost the excitement that Christmas brought along. But this year, I was out shopping for some essentials (the food, shampoo, toothpaste kind) when I saw these shops full of Christmassy stuff; streamers, Christmas trees of all sizes, bunting, paper lanterns and what not! It just got me so excited that I bought a few shiny red and green streamers and decorated our room here. I even hung some from the fan. Of course before that I marched my grandmother out of the room and made her sit in the drawing room for a while. She was quite bewildered by it all! But when she saw the decorations she got all teary-eyed, and not because they are that bad! :D She was just a bit overwhelmed because according to her, her room has never ever been decorated for whatever reason as long as she has stayed here. Well, as the dutiful granddaughter I’ve managed to bring some holiday cheer into my grandmother's life! LOL!!
And even my brother, who is ever so ready to run down anything I do, actually liked it!! Hehe! Here are some pics of how my room looks now. I think it just looks more cheerful! :)

Here is a card that my dear friend S had sent to me and I wish to share it with all of you.

17 comments:

Arz000n said...

Merry Xmas to phoenix!!!

Now lemme read the post :)

niki yokota said...

merry christmas phoenix-chan!!!!
ur grandma must be really proud of u. im also bewildered...lol
beautiful decorations!!!!!!!!
thank u very much for sharing ur photos.
i luv the laughters of wicked witches. do u still do that sometimes?? ohh i wanted to see wicked witch phoenix with funny makeup!!!!
anywayzz wish u very happy holidays!!(^-^)/

PuNeEt said...

Merry Xmas dear
will come back on ur post

Suddenly u put ur bloggin in 4th gear ;-)
great

cheers

Anonymous said...

the room looks beautiful.never decorated hyderabad rooms like this.with all the christmas shopping forgot to buy christmas cake.do go and buy one.

Anonymous said...

nice decorations especially the card!!! (wink)

(s)

Gumnaaaam said...

Wow....am amazed ..infact more thn tht...actually i believe...if there is an occasion and u can see everybody planning for it..and waiting for the occasion to grace n all.. thn obviously no matter wht….we include our selves in other ppl aswell..and we spend a quality time with them for sure.. but is it a big deal ? i guess not...i mean cherishing on something being cherished is just like making a person happy who already is happy ..
But the thing u have done is really something to mark.. u made someone smile u knw...even though no signs of celebration were there...u made the atmosphere like tht...u decorated the room.. u remembered ur past and tried to make present like so...very well-done ..i must say..as some ppl ..just mourn for the gone days.. never try to make their present as good as their past..but u’ve proved to be someone unique..Truely unique :))

Merry Christmas :)

Me said...

hope u have enjoyed these days...
have more fun...
Happy New Year...

Shals said...

Hey there phoenix !!

First time here !! Made for a Good Read !!

Happy New Year !!

Shals

Phoenix Rises said...

Hey Arz000n!
Long time! Merry Christmas to you too!

Hey Niki!
Merry Christmas to you too!
Thanks for your compliments! Yup! I still do my "wicked witch" imitation now and then! Hee hee hee! l0l

Hi Puneet!
Merry Christmas!
I know what you mean! Hehe! Suddenly I was brimming over with ideas!! Good na?

Hi Anonymous!
I've decorated my Hyderabad room plenty of times!

Hi S!
Yeah yeah! I know what you are hinting at! Am sure you liked seeing your card displayed! :D

Hey Gumnaaam!
Looooong time!!
Waaaaaaw!! Thank you soooo much for these compliments!! I never viewed this decorating bit this way!! Thanks a lot! :)
And Merry Christmas!

Hi Avik!
Happy New Year to you too! Hope you enjoy yourself too. :)

Hey Shals!
Thanks!
Happy New Year to you too! :)

exasparater said...

merry x-mas....

PuNeEt said...

hey dear...
ur in gr8 Christmas mood :-)

There would be a display of some really bad acting and dancing!
lolzzzz
dun worry tomm u will also do the same ;-)

great yaar... i used to be so busy during all my vacations... playin cric that i actually never botherd it was diwali, chirstmas or summer ;-) hehehehe

have fun dear...
enjoyyyyyyyyyy

amitken said...

heheh.. nice decorations :))

hope u had a merry Xmas. wishes for a wonderful new year ahead :))

cheers!

Phoenix Rises said...

Merry Christmas to you too Exasperator!

Hi Puneet!
I was in gr8 Christmas mood. Christmas gayaa aur mood bhi le gayaa! :(

Hi Amitken!
Merry Christmas! I hope you had a Merry Christmas too!

Manish said...

First these book reviws & then these

cho chweet childhood nostalgic memoirs!
really loved going thru them!

Phoenix Rises said...

Hi Manish!
Hehe! Thanks! I loved putting down these childhood memories! Glad that you enjoyed going through them. :)

the Monk said...

Hope you had a great Xmas...nice post...I really don't have many of Xmas,though...Diwali,yes...

Phoenix Rises said...

Hi Monk!
Merry Xmas to you too. Did you mean you don't have many posts or memories of Christmas?