My first independent Christmas

christmas alone

Christmas is the most beautiful time of the year. It’s the time for joy and happiness; it’s the time for sharing and caring; it’s the time for Santa Claus to hop down our chimneys; it’s the time for presents and egg nog (or wine); it’s the for family and friends; most importantly it’s the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Every year my family and I would decorate the house. We would put up our Christmas tree and crib, until such time that our little kitten would start playing with decorations and roll down the tree. It’s the most enjoyable time of the year and it has always been my favourite holiday. However, this year it has been different.

When I moved to Australia at the start of the year I didn’t know what to expect. I had good times and bad. Scraping through 6 months jobless and broke was hard enough. Moving states was tough as well but once I finally got the job I was expecting, things started to fall into place. What I have achieved over the last 10 months since I left my home has been much more precious and rewarding than all my past years combined! The best thing about it was the freedom and independence I gained along the way. The ability to stand up by my own feet without depending on anyone or expecting anything has been a blessing.

I know Jesus has always been behind me as a pillar of strength. I know he follows my footsteps wherever I go. He is the reason I am who I am. However my Christmas this year is different. The way I celebrate His birthday is different.

girl on a rockThis year I don’t have a big Christmas tree with fancy decorations. This year I don’t have the little crib I’ve always had. This year I don’t have fancy fairy lights shining my house. This year I don’t even have my family and friends with me. But what I do have is a roof above my head, food to eat (I have also generated the ability to cook innovatively which is huge for me), a few dollars to go for a movie every month, even if I still cannot afford too many things, and these are all things I managed to do alone. Most important of all, this year I truly have Jesus Christ with me. For the first time in my life I am celebrating Christmas with no one but Jesus Christ alone. This itself, is a huge blessing and I am grateful.

I am grateful for the strength you have given me and the great lengths you have pushed me into. I am grateful for the abilities you have grown in me and my will power you have enhanced. I am grateful for the daring attitude you have given me and the challenges you put me through daily. I am grateful for the free will you have given me and unlike many people, the ability of using it right. I am grateful for being one of the few people in this world who wouldn’t run behind society’s acceptance, but would value God’s acceptance of me. Happy birthday Jesus Christ! I love you!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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