My fashionistas, this feeling of Christmassy is sort of finished but sort of not, are weird. These end-of-December days are my favorite – I’m brimming with festivity. So, I thought I would share the things I have been doing to celebrate Christmas for the past 4-5 years. I remember those wonder years of growing up, all I can think of celebrating Christmas was a day off from school- Boro din’er chhuti. Boro din is Christmas Day in Bengali. I had wondered why would they call it Boro Din (Literally it means Big Day) when it is celebrated in memory of Jesus Christ’s birth. Then I found out why! Here’s what the voluminous Samsad Bengali-English Dictionary says for Boro Din:

Boro Din n. (astr.) the winter solstice; (pop.) the Christmas Day

So it looks like it covers both astrological and religious meanings.

I remember spending this time of the year at my Mama Bari (Uncle’s house) in Kolkata where it is a ritual to eat cake on 25th December irrespective of your religious affiliation.

Now, before I burst out from childhood nostalgia, let’s talk how I spend CHRISTMAS in the UK. I get excited to spend time with my partner (as we both remain so busy that we hardly meet on weekdays), attend a couple of Christmas party or drinks hosted by my University and employer, pre-christmas shopping, going to winter wonderland at Hyde Park London, cook a feast, eat lots and exchange presents. I hope you had the best Christmas ever. I send you lots of festive wishes and hopes. All the while, I remember those less fortunate than I am in a variety of different situations. I also feel for those in the UK who are suffering from flooding/weather problems and travel issues.

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, London

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Buckets of marshmallows
Santa and  little red riding hood Shopping at Westfield Shopping centre, Stratford, London Until next year...

IMG_0080 How I decorated my Christmas Tree

Christmas lunch is ready Christmas lunch spread Humble Mince pies by moi Christmas Cake no. 1- By moi Christmas Cake no. 2-By moi

Christmas lunch table decoration

Merry Christmas!

I am taking this opportunity to thank all of you for reading my posts and supporting me. This is the last post of 2013. I have had a very turbulent year-stressing about ailing family members, sorting out my ILR (Indefinite leave to remain in the UK visa) and struggling to find a balance between a full-time job (sometimes I work more than 40 hours a week) and PhD commitments (able to meet deadline for submitting research papers. I hope it gets better for all of us in 2014. If you have read my other posts, you have made me feel the best!

Wardrobe:

1. Christmas day sleepwear suit from La Senza

2. Royal blue funnel coat from New Look

3. Black knee-length leather boots from Clarks

4. Knitted hats and mittens from Accessorize

5. Red messenger bag from Primark

What are the highlights of your Christmas celebration? Drop me a line at the comment section as I like to hear what you have to say:)

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