When the windy autumn gives away to a new season covered by a white and cold snow Christmas starts. Christmas is one of the most important Christian and cultural holidays of the year around the world. The first record of Christmas, a formal celebration, was in Rome on December 25, AD 336, during the reign of the emperor Constantine.
As I was born in a Christian family, I have been placing Christmas on my calendar as a holy date yearly as many other Christians. Every year since I was a little girl, I remember sitting in front of a fireplace lifting with its fire burning and surrounded by the smell of toasted nuts, Spanish turrones of different flavours like almond, chocolate, coconut, egg, cherries, orange, French truffles and British biscuits. I remember looking at a Nativity Scene that I beautifully created with nice statues and singing lovely Carols songs to it. I also remember staying awake to see Santa in the evening of December 24 and waking up so excited and so early to find gifts from The Three Kings on January 6.
I started to believe that Christmas is a time to share and give gifts to others as a symbol of the representation of the gifts by the Three Wise Men to the infant Jesus. There are no rules for giving gifts so I encourage you to give a present to someone that you secretly like as a declaration of love, to a homeless that is seating outside in extremely cold weather, to a member of family that you haven’t seen since many years ago, to an old classmate that shared nice memories with you, to a nice workmate that you consider as a nice friend. But whoever you give to, don’t expect anything in return, give a gift to someone without speculation and enjoy the smiles you draw on people’s faces.
I was very young when I started to celebrate feasts with food prepared with love and passion and place majestic glasses into the air to cheer for peace and love around the world. So if you need advice, I recommend you put up a Christmas tree and set an elegant table with candles, Christmas flowers, napkins and plates of the same color. Choose an aromatic champagne, create a starter like seafood caviar salad, refined olives, toasted almonds, cheese, Iberian ham, prawns and a duck full of flavour. As a desert indulge yourself with Spanish turrones and make your guests happy. There are many exquisite food articles from other neighboring countries that we can use for special moments like Christmas.
Now that I become older, I continue believing in the Magic of Christmas. I love the story of the Nativity of Jesus, a Christmas tree full of lights as the symbol of the light that guided Mary and Joseph to their trip leading to the birth of Jesus.
Enjoy Christmas and pray for spreading faith and hope around the world.