Santa Claus only distributes gifts to children, but there are a lot of adults who are expecting special gifts from the legendary figure. These teenagers and youngsters have numerous wishes that they hope to receive from the Father Christmas, who is said to bring gifts during the late evening and overnight hours on Christmas Eve.
In Lahore, some youngsters stated that they were always expecting an energy from Father Christmas to tolerate hardships of life with patience. “Although I am pretending to be okay, but it’s difficult for me to face realities of life. On this Christmas, I really want some kind of ‘magical’ changes in my life. Basically, I want to experience my childhood again. Also, I want to experience a day without burden of ‘unnecessary’ thoughts,” said Samuel Emmanuel, a youngster who is working in a private company.
“I don’t know how I can express myself. I think I am unable to share my thoughts with someone, as I am now an adult. But I do need a remote control car, electronic toys, tablet for gaming and all that, but above all, I want ‘peace of mind’ as a gift from Father Christmas,” he said. “I want the energy back into myself, I want self-belief, and I want one of my dreams to come true. Ultimately, I want to find happiness within myself, I have been searching for it in everything and everyone. Since this is what Santa does on Christmas,” he said.
‘I want to spread and experience contentment with Santa’s little Elf while providing gifts to children in different parts of Pakistan’
In mountainous regions, celebrating Christmas on a snowy and decorated streets must be an incredible experience. “I have a desire to enjoy this Christmas with Santa Clause and his companions at his residence somewhere in snow-clad mountains. With Santa Clause, I want to fly on a sleigh pulled by reindeers. Frankly speaking, I want to spread and experience contentment with Santa’s little Elf while providing special gifts to children in different parts of Pakistan,” Jaylenia Janice from Lahore said while sharing her views.
“I am imagining and I want to see a starry sky at Santa’s residence, which I think is located in the North Pole as per our information,” she said, adding that she was interested to have a dinner with Father Christmas. “Even though, I know Santa is a ‘fictional’ character. But still I want to ask him what it’s like to share lots of gifts to those who are eagerly waiting for him to leave a Christmas gift close to their bed,” she said. Like other parts of Pakistan, Christians in Lahore are also celebrating Christmas as a religious festival with cultural values.
‘I always wish that I must be Santa on every Christmas so that I may be able to share gifts among my people’
On Christmas, there are various customs such as attending special church services, eating cakes and other sweet dishes, exchanging gifts, and spending quality time with loved ones while enjoying foods and desserts. “Every year, we wait for Christmas, and we celebrate this annual festival with our family and friends. Christmas has the added charm of winter, making it even more special. It also bids farewell to the ongoing year while spreading happiness to the people,” said Nelson Nabeel, owner of OmegaSols, a private company.
“I always wish that I must be Santa on every Christmas so that I may be able to share some gifts among people in dire need,” he said. “As we grow up, it has come to our attention that being happy is a choice we just have to put some effort into it,” he said. “We can still find happiness in the little things, like we used to find in our childhood,” he said. “We can continue to relish small joys. Santa is not a ‘fictional’ character, I mean he is, but I guess Father Christmas can be in anyone who has the ability to make other people happy,” said Nelson Nabeel – also a humanitarian.
“Being Santa doesn’t mean you have to give gifts to make people happy, as there are plenty of ways to make humans happy,” said Rohan Indriyas, a young sportsperson from Lahore. “Having a healthy conversation with someone who feels lonely is also a sort of special gift for that kind of a person,” he said. “In the same way, being kind to yourself and others is also a gift. So, be someone’s Santa on this Christmas and make your life more fulfilling,” he said.