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Are you someone’s Santa?
Christmas is right next to the corner and we can already feel it on the streets, in shops, cafes…to sum up, in the atmosphere. This is because of the sparkling lights, eye-catching shops’ windows, cosy sweaters, street markets and the list could continue. But how much do we actually know about this celebration?
It’s hard to imagine now, but Christmas has become the biggest annual celebration, taking on the form that we recognise today, only by the end of the 19th century. The transformation happened quickly and came from all sectors of society, together with changes in people’s behaviour.
Many attribute these to Queen Victoria, and it was her marriage to German-born Prince Albert that introduced some of the most prominent aspects of Christmas. In 1848 the Illustrated London News published a drawing of the royal family celebrating around a decorated Christmas tree, a tradition that was reminiscent of Prince Albert’s childhood in Germany. Soon every home in Britain had a tree bedecked with candles, sweets, fruit, homemade decorations and small gifts.
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Now, when we think of Christmas, the first thing that comes to mind is Santa Claus. A plump elderly man, dressed in red clothes flying all over the world in a raiders-pulled sleigh, to give gifts to good-hearted children. A beautiful story that, unfortunately, has turned into a giant business … brands begin to decorate windows just after Halloween. In the future, it might start even in September, who knows?! The price grows exaggerated, and people are mostly influenced by companies’ marketing strategies. Initially, gifts were rather modest- fruit, nuts, sweets and small handmade trinkets, but nowadays, they are becoming bigger and bigger.
In all this rush for finding the perfect presents, somehow, people forget about the true meaning of this holiday, which theoretically celebrates the birth of the Lord, even though there is no mention of December 25th in the Bible. So that, this is the time when we are supposed to show gratitude, be merciful, help our closed ones, be good with ourselves and with the world around, spreading joy and love. In fact, these features should describe us constantly, not just in December, because Christmas is more about spirituality, rather than material goods.
How can we achieve that? Well, this is a subjective answer, because gratefulness comes in many ways. Firstly, good vibes must be everywhere: be cheerful, conciliatory and forget all the issues that have been bothering you during the year. Secondly, bring your family together and offer your time to them. It means more than you can imagine. While we are growing up, they are getting old, so time is the most valuable gift you can ever offer. And yes! Wear that ugly jumper that grandma gave you with all her heart because happiness will increase in her eyes. Moreover, be someone’s Santa! Make the unlucky one be happy for just a little: clean your wardrobe and give some clothes to charity, go caroling and share some smiles, bake a cake and give it to a stranger, randomly on the street! These small acts of caring are truly describing Christmas.
This year, you might want to reconsider the whole notion of Christmas and transform yourself in Santa, rather than wait for yours to arrive, because when you do good with no expectations, it comes back to you ten times more. Be jolly and value the moments, before missing them!