Merry Christmas!

Dear Readers,

A distinguishing factor about Parsis is we celebrate every festival with zest and glee. Christmas holds a special place in our hearts perhaps because we resonate with its essential spirit of giving – in keeping with the essence of our very own Parsipanu, oft defined as philanthropy.

While no one should be denied the right to partake of all the fun festivities, let’s not forget to spread the festive cheer by reaching out to family and friends, especially those we may not be in regular touch with. Let’s also show grace and give to those who are lonely or in need, those lesser fortunate than us.

Now, there’s gifts and there’s gifts. Like the start of a famous advertisement punch line, ‘There are some things money can’t buy….’, how about we make this Xmas about giving that which is pristinely priceless – just like the God’s constant and unconditional love for us all. It celebrates gratitude, forgiveness and kindness, inspiring us to reach out to all without judgement, even as it transforms the emptiness in our hearts into the sanctuary of divine presence. Indeed, Christmas is the occasion for kindling the fire of hospitality in your home and the flame of charity in your heart – inviting all around the welcoming altar of acceptance and love.

So, what do you plan on giving this Christmas? Let’s see… you could gift your time and a listening ear to the lonely – especially our seniors. You could gift your presence which would provide solidarity, hope and positivity to those who are hurting and dealing with loss. And what better gift than your love, understanding and appreciation for those closest to us – our family, who we unintentionally take for granted! Let them know they are well and truly cherished and valued. After all, the best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family and friends, sharing love and laughter together!

You could always gift forgiveness to those who have wronged you, even if only in your heart. You could gift gratitude to those who have made a difference in your life, and of course, to our Maker. And what better way to show your gratitude to Him, than to give be of service to the less privileged. Yes, indeed! We are spoilt for choice with gifting options this Xmas!

And when we all will celebrate Christmas in its true spirit thus, like the saying goes, “Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.”

Have a lovely weekend and Merry Christmas to all!

– Anahita

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