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Friday, December 4, 2009

I miss Christmas as it was

I moved to a new country 5 years ago. I moved in the month of October and the first big Catholic feast was Christmas. I have to say that I have never enjoyed Christmas at my newly adopted home and country. For some reason it is not the same it feels empty something is missing. While I have a more prayerful attitude to the incarnation and the whole God almighty coming down as a human and this is something i love thinking about, I still miss something from back home.
I feel empty on Christmas day its like a holiday but not Christmas. While back home we would all wonder what a white Christmas would be like, here where I have a white Christmas I dont feel like it is Christmas.
Back home we would chop down a branch of a tree, let it dry so the leave would fall and then wrap up the tree in cotton so that it would look like the branch of the tree was covere with snow we would then decorate the snow covered tree. Here we have snow and real conifer trees and yet I dont feel like its Christmas.
I dont know the failing I will admit is mine.
I do have a special treat for all of you who read my blog as we come to the last week of advent.

1 comment:

Warren said...

I believe that what you left behind was not only a country (and whatever spiritual quality it is that inhabits both the soil, and the blood of the people who live on it) but also some experience of your youth.

For all of us, even those who stay in the same country, there is a country of youth, which we long to return to, but we cannot. I think this urge is most potently put into literary form by C.S. Lewis in his Narnia series; Once the children reach a certain age they can not return to Narnia, at least not until they become young again, which is to say..

Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria.