Saturday, December 26, 2009

I love Christmas!

First of all, A BLESSED, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all! :D

The goddess of blogging left my nest for awhile, and I had been without a muse (my inspiration) since then. Hence, the long silence. lol

The year is almost over. We are all aware of that, I suppose. I am doing some thinking myself as to what I have accomplished this year. Then I stopped and became somewhat agitated. Why do I always think in terms of accomplishment? Why can I not gauge it in terms of personal growth? Or what I perceive as development in my personality. For instance, did I bother to act wiser and more matured, and accordingly to situations?

In general, I would certainly say I did. Of course, what I perceive as wise, matured, and proper, may mean something else to the onlooker.

But one thing is for sure. I have chosen to love myself more this year. Some may think it was egoistic, self-centered, and/or narcissistic. It doesn't really matter because people will always look at you according to their moods, their concept of truth, and their cultural & emotional luggage. If they are happy, they will be happy for you. If they are unhappy, they will try to drag you into their miserable state.

This is of course nothing new to us all. It's human nature, and the same could be said even in the animal kingdom. We don't want to be alone --- whether we are happy or miserable. From the moment we were born until our very last breathe, we want people around us.

And this is what people try to do at Christmas time. We try to surround ourselves with the people we love and who love us. Hence, the parties and dinners. We don't want to be alone for nobody wants to be alone. We want to belong to a tribe. To feel needed, loved and wanted.

Some of us are too proud to accept and acknowledge that. But it´s the truth. We are pleasers.

For those of us who are caught between two cultures, we try to make the most out of it. We decorate our homes and prepare food that will remind us of home.... or what used to be home. We share with our new family (and even with new friends and new neighbors) our culture and roots (religious and otherwise).

So whenever we take that old box that says "Christmas decors", we know that this is our way of holding on to our past (some would say, to see the world like a child again)..... of dragging people into our lives (the greetings and social obligations)..... of feeling we belong (Christmas dinner with the family). And this is why I love Christmas......

I love Christmas because it makes all of this possible for us, without much fuss. People obligingly do whatever is asked; and blame everything on capitalism or Catholic rituals and tradition, as others would call them. As for me, I love the rituals and traditions... so yes, I LOVE CHRISTMAS! hahahahaha


Aledys Ver said...

Merry Christmas, Droomvla!
My wish for you this Christmas, then, is that the goddess of blogging will visit you more often! :o)
I hope you had a lovely holiday and that you enjoyed all the season's rituals!

Whitemist said...

I likewise LOVE Christmas time and enjoy keeping it until little Christmas in January.
Merry Christmas to you.

buday said...

I love Christmas too, despite all the obligations that come with getting older.

Happy New Year! It was good touching base with you this past year. :)

Anita said...

So good what you said, where do I sign down ? Specially the part of "shouldn't I try to be more mature... wiser... (or something like that!) It applies so much to me ! I just should shut up my mouth 90% of the times. Well, enjoy the festivities and be sure you're not the only foreigner in Holland trying to adjust and keeping you own identity at the same time.

Anna said...

Niyan lang ako naka-catch up, what with all the obligations of Christmas, hahaha! But beyond the compulsory office parties and the carolers who can get really annoying, it's been a good one. Hope you had a good one, too!

Jesusa said...

Amen to that! My favorite time of the year:)

Droomvla said...

Thanks for all your comments. I enjoyed reading them. :D

@Aledys: I do WISH the goddess will visit more often. LOL

@Whitemist: This is kinda late, but thanks!

@Buday: Likewise. I love you blog madi. Pirme ako tiriwi sa katatawa. HAHAHAHA

Droomvla said...

@Anita: next time, I will post a sheet as well for signing up. LOL

@Anna: pwerti an paki party mo ha?! LOL

@Jesusa: tapos, birthday mo pa! :D