A Spirit, A Season, A Reason #UnwrapChristmas

Jaibala/ December 24, 2015/ Musings/ 21 comments

It only takes a spark to get the fire going.

And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing.

That’s how it is with God’s love,

Once you have experienced it

You want to sing

You feel like spring

You want to pass it on…

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A few of us gathered together for Secret Santa tidings, divided by names and united through a common Christmas spirit of sharing. And it is in this spirit that we bring this blog chain to you.


I am thankful to Ajay Kontham for passing on the baton of spreading Christmas joy and spirit. It is here through words and that I unwrap Christmas on my blog for you and hope to convey the spirit of Christmas to you.


One of my favourite Christmas stories is How the Grinch Stole Christmas and there is this famous line from it.  “Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….” And it does; Dr. Seuss always knows what he is talking about. We all have heard the words Christmas Spirit being used oh so often! But very few people really embody that.

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.

Thomas S. Monson

It is about reminding ourselves of valuing the goodness in others and honouring the good that has come our way. It is about looking inside our soul and saying things like we mean it. It is about celebrating the people we love and the people who love us. It is a reason to celebrate the Spirit, It is a season that reminds us of what is important.


It is about reconnecting with the kid inside of us; it is about living in wonder and innocence all over again. It is re-looking and reliving the most wonderful moments in our lives. This can never be brought at a store now, can it?

  “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder


With this post we come to an end of a wonderful journey, and the promise I make now comes straight from Charles Dickens. Like Uncle Scrooge said “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Its quite a simple thing to do really. Try it!


If you have missed any of the posts on this journey you can find them at the following links.

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About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at contact@jaibalarao.com


  1. Amidst all the commercialization this season brings, its easy to forget the actual essence of Christmas.
    Wonderful post Jai! 🙂
    And beautiful quotes.. for me, the season is all about the joy of giving, the wonderful decorations and the snow that the season brings 🙂
    It truly is a magical time 🙂

    1. True Pix, It is easy to forget the essence of the festival, and what it stands for and celebrates. A White Christmas is a beauty unto itself isn’t it? I hope you had a fun festive season.

  2. Beautiful quotes, and what a lovely post, thanks for sharing ! Merry christmas to you !

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. A very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  3. It’s a festival, the spirit of which stays through the year, I think. 🙂 And there are two kids nearby who help me reconnect with childhood, and more so this Christmas.
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    1. Actually the way the world is going negative and people being so self centered these days, it is very difficult to keep the spirit through the year. I am so glad you can keep the spirit through the year Vins, and those little kids are perfect reminders of what is right, isn’t it?

      1. I agree. The kids are the best reminders. 🙂
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  4. It is indeed about reconnecting with the kid in us 🙂

    Merry Christmas 🙂

    1. A very Merry Christmas to you too 🙂

  5. There’s nothing quite like the spirit of Christmas and it is heartening to see you all put up wonderful posts about the same.
    It is even more imperative that we continue to believe in the goodness and share every happiness and joy, especially considering how the world is going today.
    Nice one, Jai
    Sid recently posted…Of Festive MusingsMy Profile

    1. The Spirit is infectious. I agree, with people getting more and more distant and self centered, it is important to remember and believe in the simple joys of Sharing and goodness. Thanks Sid 🙂

  6. Have a Happy Christmas and New Year 😊

    1. Wishing you and Saru a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Alok. Have a brilliant year 🙂

  7. Loved what Uncle Scrooge said. We should celebrate the spirit of Christmas, everyday!
    Merry Christmas, Jaibala ♥

    1. It is so easy to forget the essence of Christmas everyday, when we are so busy. I hope I remember this every day 🙂

  8. Love the quotes.. 🙂 Merry christmas.. Enjoy the process of giving and receiving.. 🙂

    1. Merry Christmas to you too. Keep the spirit of Christmas alive always

  9. We all surely did honour the christmas in our heart and soul today 🙂 Merry christmas!

    1. Yes we did, and I am so glad to have been a part of this. Thank You for making this possible 🙂

  10. The true spirit of the festival, finding the good in everyone, sharing one’s love, caring and keeping alive the wonder and excitement of childhood! Loved connecting with you. P.S: We both have quoted Laura Ingalls Wilder….lovely quote isn’t it!

    1. Kala that is a lovely Quote. It epitomizes the spirit of Christmas, doesn’t it?

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