That warm fuzzy feeling, lights are up, people are somewhat drastically more friendly and wishing everyone Merry Christmas. It was my Christmas feeling when I still lived in Seattle. Hard not to feel festive with the glitz and glam. I just love Christmas in America.
Since I moved back to Asia, I hardly feel that festive. I was missing the warm fuzzy feeling no matter how hard I tried by putting Christmas tree, playing Christmas carol; nothing giving me the same feeling.
However, this year, the feeling is back if not more.
We teach at a retirement house and it has been 2 years now. We have seen permanent farewell from this world and last year was rough. To me, seeing them is like a glimpse of my future. Meaning, it is uncertain and it can be what I make out of it from now. Any how, that is a different topic altogether.
This year we had mini Christmas celebration. Combination of Christmas carol we sang while Grandpa John serenade with his lovely piano tune, ginger cookies and yummy pound caked baked by Lilik and the amazing laughter we shared, it was beautiful and intimate.
The celebration ended with a strong note. A grandma sang a song by Charlie Chaplin and made famous by Nat King Cole: “Smile”. She sang the song as a gift for Nilesh.
“Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you….”
Here is link to small recording we made Wishing you a merry Christmas
Peace, love and light