I’ll Be Home For Christmas
23 December, 2010
 I’ll Be Home For Christmas

December 25 is a very special Holiday for me. This week, I would like to spread a little holiday cheer for all my readers.  The best way to achieve this goal of course is to share what Christmas is to me, with all of you. I hope that people from all over the world will have the chance to celebrate this holiday or maybe, something similar to it. But, whatever the case may be, most if not all of my memories

about this joyous gift giving time of the year, are indeed, “joyous”. First and foremost, it must be said that young children get more out of Christmas in my opinion. For them it is a time of magic and sheer excitement. If I remember correctly, shortly after thanks giving day the Christmas bubble starts to form. Yes, bubble, a mystical sphere of merriment that shields all who believe, from anything that might try to steal their holiday cheer. Step by step it grows, as each of the many traditions are put in place. One of my personal favorites is picking out a tree. This involves a trip to one of the many lots you will find by the roadside, which offer up rows and rows of various candidates. If luck is on your side, there will be just the right amount of snow fall to complement the enchanting fragrance that fills the cold winter air. As you walk though the freshly cut pines, in search of the “perfect one” you try to imagine your own assortment of ornament, lights and such, adorning what may be “the perfect tree”. After careful consideration, it’s time to tie the tree to the roof of your car and head home. This of course, brings us to the next step, trimming the tree. I feel this requires a woman’s touch but a little help rigging up the lights from him may be necessary. Accordingly, in my childhood the honor of decorating the tree was given to my older sister. I can remember the time when I still believed in Santa Claus. As I mentioned before, children get more out of Christmas, and that is because they still believe in him, as did I. For the little ones, this is a time to make a wish list for Santa, hang stockings and be on their best behavior, mainly because of children’s stories about dear old Saint Nick, “better known as Santa”. All of which expanded: “he’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, he’s gona find out who’s knotty or nice”. My favorite is the Grinch who stole Christmas by the way. I still like to watch it every Christmas Eve. Now as for my new holiday traditions, it did take some getting used to. All though, I  do miss being home with my immediate family at  this time of the year, and yes  it would be great to see my young nephews  opening their gift and visit all my relatives  on Christmas Eve . Never the less, I do enjoy my new holiday traditions. To be honest, with all the many ways people young and old celebrate x-mas, I have no doubt that this holiday tail could easily go on forever. Unfortunately, the Georgian Journal is only so big. Therefore, it is time to focus on that which matters most. That being, I believe this time of year is not only about what you get but what you give. It’s a time to give thanks for what you have or maybe who you have. It’s the perfect time to help those in need or just go to church and celebrate the birth of Christ, after all that’s what Christmas is really about. Ultimately, all that really matters to me is for everyone to have a peaceful and merry Christmas and a happy new year, any way they see fit. Therefore, I wish you all the best; hopefully you will all be home for Christmas, I know I will…. Here in Tbilisi.         
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