It’s finally over. The anticipation, the tension and the stress approaching Christmas Day has all been brought to an abrupt end. All that’s left is aromatic reminder of the food eaten and the foot yet to be eaten; it’s safe to say we’ve all put on roughly 3 stone in one day.
As a Muslim, I don’t celebrate Christmas. However, my dad’s birthday falls on the 25th December, giving us a reason to celebrate the day! As far as Christmases go, this one has been the best yet, fundamentally thanks to my good health and being pain free. It’s the first Christmas in three years that I’m not ill, in pain or in hospital which is a huge, huge deal for me. I also had my loved ones around me, with food to last us into February and laughter which carried through to the late hours of the evening.
I have a lot to be grateful for, but nothing more so than having my parents. They’ve been incredibly supportive over this year and all the obstacles thrown in our direction, but we’ve come out the other end smiling and happy. Just sitting with my family was something special on Christmas Day.
I logged back on to Instagram this morning after turning my phone off to properly enjoy some family time yesterday and sadly found my feed littered with a handful of followers sharing pictures of their gifts. Of course, it is to be expected. But it reminded me of the selfishness in society, where Christmas has been commercialised to the extent that it primarily revolves around what we get. I’m not entirely sure as to what the exact intention is behind people displaying their gifts for all to see: boastfulness, hoping to get burgled or showing everyone how spoilt they are. Sure, I got gifts this year. But they weren’t just for the sake of giving. They were more like gestures as opposed to gifts; things which meant a lot to each and every one of us in the family.
My thoughts were also with families and vulnerable citizens around the world not so fortunate this Christmas. Those who didn’t wake up to fresh dinners or presents or even a roof over their head. We tend to be consumed by what we love and do to the point of ignoring pressing matters suppressed by the media and authoritative powers.
Whilst enjoying this festive period, please take time to reflect on how fortunate we all are. Ultimately, celebrating Christmas each year is a luxury we dismiss all too quickly.
Happy Holidays! 🙂