Blog: Let there be light
By Priyanka Loonker
Christmas morning can be pretty sweet, thanks to the cookies for breakfast, presents left by Santa under the tree, and bonding time with family and friends But did you know , Christmas did not begin with Jesus. Its deepest mysteries go back to the very beginnings. . . . Stonehenge in England, aligned with the winter solstice sunset, is about three thousand years old. Part of this holiday, then, is honoring the return of the light and the new beginnings it portends.
Holidays means to spend more time with family, showing gratitude and loving, sharing and making people happy.
These are the general meanings of Christmas to many people, across different religions, countries, continents.
From my faith perspective, Christmas signifies hope. Hope that winter will fade and spring is just around the corner. Welcoming the New Year, new dawn and a whole lot of resolutions!
It’s comforting to live in our bubble, watching the world through the eyes of social media but let’s be a little adventurous this decade. Step out with our families and let the kids experience the world- connect with the unfamiliar, run with the wind in their hair and more importantly be inclusive in our thoughts.
Ballet and karate classes, robotics and gymnastics etc are all very important but let them feel the butterflies I remember as a child when I dived into the swimming pool, the very first time, and all the butterflies that fluttered in my stomach. Those moments are priceless, right? Your firsts!! Being adventurous helps in building character, hopefully it will form the mould for all that our kids could be.
Enjoy the Christmas carols, and all the joy around you but when the tinsel and the bright lights fade, my hope for all of us is that we will have those quiet moments this holiday season when we realize what is truly important.