Blogmas 1 – Why I Celebrate Christmas

Blogmas 1 – Why I Celebrate Christmas

Welcome to Blogmas 2018. I only started blogging in January so this is my first Blogmas. I’m really excited to take part in this – although I hope I don’t run out of ideas halfway through!

For those of my readers who don’t know, it’s basically an advent calendar on my blog, which means I’ll be uploading a new post every day – from today until Christmas Day.Why I Celebrate Christmas - Advent CalendarI will be writing about all sorts of things all based around the most wonderful time of the year.

As it’s Day 1, I thought I’d start with why and how I celebrate Christmas. I first came across this question at university: As a British-Indian, why do I celebrate this Christian festival?Blogmas - Hot ChocolateI never faced with this question, growing up in multi-cultural Birmingham. It came up every now and then in general conversation with my fellow Asian friends and family.

But I was never asked this by anyone outside of my inner circle.I wasn’t offended. It’s a legitimate question to ask, I guess. I went on to explain that we had always celebrated Christmas in my household and in my extended family too.

Yes, we don’t celebrate it for it’s true meaning – the birth of Christ – but I’ve always respected the reason and origin of the festival. Many Asian families embrace the traditions and join in with the festivities whole-heartedly.Why I Celebrate Christmas - SnowIt was no different for me growing up and it’s no different as I raise my children now. If anything, we have gone further and do even more than I did as a child, around the festive season.

My parents arrived from India as immigrants in the late 60s and started celebrating Christmas because it was an excuse to spend time with family and take on this very British tradition with open arms. My mum decided we couldn’t have our roast until after the Queen’s speech!Why I Celebrate Christmas - Christmas DinnerWe started really going big on Christmas when I became a teenager because by then my two older sisters were already in their late teens. That’s when we got a bigger tree and started exchanging presents.

I used to spend my pocket money on 7″ vinyls for my sisters of whatever artist they were into at the time – Bros, New Kids On The Block, Kylie etc. Singles were only a couple of quid at the time but it was a valuable gift.Why I Celebrate Christmas - Christmas GiftsIt’s one of my favourite times of the year. I love decorating my house on the first of December. I enjoy planning my social calendar and having lots of friends and family round. I’m as excited as my kids are to open our advent calendars and make our annual trip to panto.

We cook a traditional Christmas dinner and look forward to exchanging gifts on Christmas morning.Blogmas - Christmas CookiesI love Christmas carols and songs. In fact, as young girls, my sisters and I would sing Christmas carols at the front of our house to entertain passers-by with the encouragement of my parents.

When Shalini was a part of the Brownies, we loved visiting Church with the group, lighting candles and singing hymns.Why I Celebrate Christmas - SnowmanAs a youngster, we would go to the local church service every Christmas with school.

For me, Christmas is about respecting a religion, even if that’s not the reason I celebrate it. I love it when my non-Asian friends join in with Hindu and Sikh festivals like Diwali or Vaisakhi. That’s the beauty of growing up in a multi-cultural city.Why I Celebrate Christmas - Santa DecorationI know there’s been negative press in the past about Christmas as a festival being diluted and I don’t want to go too much down that route. Many of my non-Asian friends only celebrate Christmas for the same reasons as me and they’ve had Christian upbringings.

They just enjoy the warmth of the season, the socialising and the excuse to be off work for a while and take some much needed rest with their loved ones. It’s about fun and family.Why I Celebrate Christmas - Christmas TreeChristmas has become a part of my integrated culture. I am proud to be Indian and I am proud to be British at the same time. I have very comfortably balanced both worlds throughout my life.

I’ve got lots planned for Christmas month and am really looking forward to sharing this journey with you.

See you tomorrow for my second Blogmas post.

 

18 Comments

  1. December 2, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing!! I shared a post about why some people make such a big deal about Christmas, and as a Christian myself, I wrote about a similar theme as your post. It’s a magical time of year and it’s so special to celebrate! Good luck with Blogmas! I look forward to your future posts <3

    • Rosie
      Author
      December 3, 2018 / 6:35 pm

      Thanks for reading Kristen. I will take a look at your post. Yes it’s a special time of year and I love to celebrate in a big way x

    • Rosie
      Author
      December 4, 2018 / 7:44 am

      Thank you xx

    • Rosie
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 11:16 am

      Thank you so much x

  2. December 3, 2018 / 10:47 pm

    It’s the one magical time of the year! Might as well enjoy it ? #globalblogging

    • Rosie
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 11:15 am

      Exactly x

  3. December 6, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    Interesting – as Australians, we get on board with pretty much any celebration. The Lunar New Year is massive here now. So I totally get you can take on the cultural aspect without the ‘meaning’ #TruimphantTales

    • Rosie
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 11:17 am

      Exactly. It’s nice when everyone gets involved and celebrates each other’s festivals x

  4. December 6, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    Great post. thanks for sharing

    • Rosie
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 11:13 am

      Thank you x

  5. December 7, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    I love that you have the balance and enjoy all traditions! Thanks for sharing with #TriumpantTales.

    • Rosie
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      Yes I love that I get the best of both worlds x

  6. December 8, 2018 / 10:46 pm

    This is such a lovely post to read. Family is so important and so is local community. I would love to be involved with other religious festivals but don’t know how to except through the children’s schools. Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

    • Rosie
      Author
      December 9, 2018 / 5:37 pm

      Thanks Laura. It’s great that like me you want to get involved in other festivals. The schools are always the best way x

  7. December 11, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    It certainly is about having fun and spending time with family and friends. I too celebrate it for the same reasons. It’s a time of relaxation, recharge and reflection…whatever you believe in! #TriumphantTales

    • Rosie
      Author
      December 11, 2018 / 8:01 pm

      Thanks Rachel – exactly that x

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