|Orchard Rd Lights 2011|
Ok there is one little downer- that all the malls here in Singapore play the same Christmas cd on repeat all day everyday. And seeing as that every journey you take here involves you walking through a mall (or several), that is a lot of time to get cosy with that repetitious robotic caroling soundtrack…
Every year of my childhood that I can remember I spent the week leading up to Christmas performing in the Perth Nativity and for me that has become synonymous with the season. Standing in the middle of the city, surrounded by hundreds of people, all hushed and drawn into the magic of the story. The gentle light shining down on faces, the beautiful sound of strings and voices in harmony, the slow smooth breeze blowing across your neck… For me that is Christmas. Total strangers connected and enthralled in the story of life. It’s not about religion necessarily, it’s about the connection to others.
We all know Christmas has become a mass marketing ploy and so much of the holiday is now focused on gifts and shopping – so let’s try and turn that around into what underlies it all and that is the spirit of GIVING!
So when you are sharing gifts with your loved ones (and maybe also not always so loved ones hehe), really look and see how and what you are giving to them in your everyday life. Are you giving them your full attention? Your eyes? Your thoughts? Your voice?
Remember that all the people you surround yourself with are people you have chosen to be in your life, and you have chosen them for a reason. See the beauty and light in each and everyone of your special ones, and really give them your appreciation for that light.
And you might just find that the more you give and share with others, the more they give and share with you, and you ultimately receive =)