“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
This statement is synonymous with the holiday season and Christmas in Sri Lanka. The way in which each person celebrates this festival in Sri Lanka will differ. However, to me Christmas is a big, glorious family gathering with my grandfather handing out present after present to the kids followed by a big meal, lots of Christmas cake and a compulsory game of cricket complete with arguments, sledging and cheating!
Christmas In Colombo
Despite Christianity being a minority religion in Sri Lanka, it is hard to escape the Christmas joy and merriment as the Christmas spirit exceeds Christian tradition. Most buildings and storefronts, shopping centres, malls and grand hotels such as Majestic City – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majestic_City, Crescat Boulevard – https://www.facebook.com/CrescatBoulevard to Cinnamon Grand – http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/CinnamonGrandColombo.htm, Galle Face Hotel – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galle_Face_Hotel, The Kingsbury – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kingsbury_Hotel, and more have beautifully trimmed Christmas trees and fairy lights twinkling brightly.
Despite the lack of a winter wonderland setting, Christmas in Sri Lanka is a real treat as everyone relaxes and rejoices during the holiday season. You will slowly notice more and more staff at Keells – https://www.keellssuper.com/Home, Arpico and Cargills Food City – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargills_Ceylon_PLC donning Santa hats with bucket-loads of Christmas decorations and hampers taking over the aisles. Often these major supermarkets have many Christmas giveaways, offers and discounts so keep an eye out to catch a bargain.
Keeping In Touch Over Christmas
Despite the availability of email, Facebook, Skype, text messages and telephones, one Christmas tradition that is still very much alive is the sending of Christmas cards and letters. Sending a Christmas note or card is a nice and personal way to keep in touch with friends, acquaintances, business associates and family. Often charities and non-government organizations such as The Red Cross – http://www.redcross.lk/#news, Amnesty International – http://www.amnesty.org/en/sri-lanka and Odel Embark – http://www.embark.lk/ sell Christmas cards with proceeds going to charity. So why not get in touch with old friends and support a good cause at the same time?
Children’s Christmas Celebrations
- Christmas cheer at school
As one of the major festivals in Sri Lanka 2013, usually at this time of the year, children of all religions will engage in Christmas activities. This can include singing Christmas carols, decorating their classrooms and Christmas concerts. It is also a good time to keep an eye out for donation and fundraising drives – the school is holding so you can extend the Christmas cheer.
Playing carols and Christmas songs with children is a fun way to get into the spirit. Popular artists like Mariah Carey – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariah_Carey and the stars of Disney have contemporary versions of songs that children will like and can sing along to.
- Decorating the home
Even buying a small Christmas tree and adding little decorations to the home is a way to get your child involved over the holidays. Children can even make decorations like paper angels or Christmas baubles from Styrofoam balls and sequins.
- Christmas craft and cooking
Why not get the children involved with card making and baking delicious Christmas goodies like gingerbread men, cookies and cake? The internet is loaded with easy craft ideas and recipes for children so spend some time enjoying the Christmas season with children and as a bonus you can lure them away from the computer and television during the school vacation.
What Can You Do To Embrace The Spirit Of Generosity?
The spirit of Christmas is all about giving and sharing so maybe you can organize for your family and friends to get together and support children’s home, elder’s home or a non-government organization. There are a variety of ways you can help including donating money, meals, books, presents or even supporting causes like Adopt A Dog Sri Lanka. Also keep an eye out at local schools and churches as they may provide collection points for clothing, canned foods and household items for the underprivileged.
So this Christmas, get your children and family involved in the celebrations for one of the most joyous festivals in Sri Lanka 2013. Whether it is entering Christmas fundraisers, decorating, making cards, baking or donating to a nearby elder’s home – enjoy and embrace the joy of giving. Christmas in Sri Lanka is a wonderful time so get into the spirit and have fun with your family and friends.
Merry Christmas from mummypages – www.mummypages.lk
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