Every year, my mother makes a whole deal about setting up the Christmas tree. She brainstorms ahead of time the palette of colors she wants to go for, the latest decoration trends, the items she wants to style together. My siblings and I grew up very inspired by our parents’ open-mindedness and their huge respect for other religions, cultures and civilizations. As much as I have the Qura’an and I daily pray and completely fulfill the month of Ramadan, I’ve made sure to read the Bible and other religious books to be as informed as I could be. I think it’s one of the most important things, especially in a country like Lebanon where these differences prevail. I learned to respect others for who they truly are, for their achievements.
Once our Christmas tree is setup and ready for a whole set of photo-shoots (lol), my mother makes sure to plan our annual intimate Christmas dinner at home. It’s the occasion for us to get together around delicious meals and surprise each others with little gifts. Aren’t these little pleasures in life so priceless?
On another note, Christmas is not just about the decorations, the festive mood, the countless shopping, the numerous events. It’s that time of the year where I look back at the past months, the successful moments, the downfalls, the people who entered my life, the others who walked away. #2014 has been one of the craziest. It started off with a lot of negativity and difficult situations to deal with. I have to say it was a very hectic year between planning my wedding, trying to continue the positioning of my blog, preparing my MA thesis and making sure I was giving my beloved ones the care they deserve.
And yes, Christmas is also the moment to be grateful for everything we have; from the simplest details to the biggest things. I look back at last Christmas and I feel grateful for still being surrounded by the ones I love the most. Seeing them healthy makes me feel I could face anything. I’m blessed to be finally married to the love of my life, I could never forget our wedding night.
I’m grateful for being able to pursue my dreams; not because of any collaboration but because of each and every person out there who believes in what I’m doing, who encourages me to go further.
Last but not least, Christmas is the right time to give.. I know this might be a little short notice but make sure to find a way to be giving a little more at this time of the year. You could decide to give a part of your Christmas dinner to the Lebanese Food Bank who would distribute to people in need. Or, you could make a little selection of toys and clothes to give away. There are hundreds of ways to help. Every little gesture can change the world of someone out there. I wish the entire world could celebrate this day in peace; surrounded by love.
I will stop here for now. More thoughts on 2014 and what I’m planning for 2015 in the coming days.
Merry Christmas. Make this one count.”