Christmas isn’t just a day in our family, chosen by Christian clerics of old, to combat pagan traditions of the common folk. It represents a whole season to us, a season full of good tidings and family relations. It begins with the coming of Diwali and ends with the first day of the new year!
Sometime towards the end of September, arrangements begin for a season to remember, To observe the return of a king to his throne, and banish the darkness and sorrow unknown.
The house is cleaned and decorated after, and lights are hung along the outer rafters. Flowers and plants are strewn about, so nothing is left covered without.
Tealights and tarts are placed everywhere. Colorful lanterns are hung with good cheer. Sweets and sauces are cooked with care, in hopes that Prosperity soon will be there.
Lamps are constructed from water and clay. Filled with the oil of cooking or prayer. Wicks of pure cotton are stretched and twirled, to aid in the magic soon to unfurl.
Murtis are polished and dressed anew, in reds and golds of exceptional hue. Silver is polished to a brilliant veneer, and used in the pooja, with all we hold dear.
Patterns and paper and petals of red, adorn every doorway and walkway and tread. Circles and angles are precisely aligned, to create a work of rangoli divine!