13 June | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

We can offer ‘residency’ to Santa in Pakistan’s iciest mountains

‘Christmas is a reminder that Santa Claus is in everyone we just have to look inside us. This legendary character is all about peace, joy, giving, and caring for others’

Each Nordic country, including Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden, claims residence of Santa Claus – the legendry character in Christianity – to be within their territory in Northern Europe and the North Atlantic. It is very interesting that the Canadian government formally awarded citizenship status to Santa Claus on 23 December 2008. “Canada wishes Santa the very best in his Christmas Eve duties and wants to let him know that, as a Canadian citizen, he has the automatic right to re-enter Canada once his trip around the world is complete,” said Jason Kenney, Canada’s minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, in an official statement.

I wish that there must be a town somewhere in Pakistan’s iciest mountains where we can also offer Santa Claus a residence after delivering gifts among good children around Pakistan and the world over. Why I am thinking so because Christmas is one of my favorite festivals due to winters and related stories about it. I have never attended a Christmas celebrations or pre- or post-Christmas parties in Lahore – a home to good numbers of Christian population. But I have watched movies which are based on the Christmas and holiday season. For me, the most beautiful part of Christmas is the appearance of Santa Claus with the sack of gifts for good kids.

‘For the sake of a gift, kids do good things, respect people around them and at end they get a reward’

Of course, I know Santa is a legendary character originating in Western Christian culture, and somehow in South Asia as well. In movies when someone sees Santa some of them don’t believe at first that Santa is real and he is in front of them in their house. I am impressed with Santa’s love for humans and humanity, especially for children. This is an interesting thing that Santa makes humans happy by giving them gifts, love, affection and beautiful memories. It is our habit that we feel special whenever we receive gifts and affection from someone. We feel valuable. By giving gifts to those who are special to you, you are showing your love and respect for the particular person.

Another alluring thing about Christmas is stories that make this festival exceptional. Normally when we hear or read about Christmas, Santa Claus – a white-bearded jolly man, often with spectacles, wearing a red coat with white fur collar and cuffs, white-fur-cuffed red trousers, red hat with white fur, and black leather belt and boots, carrying a bag full of gifts for children – touches our thoughts on its own. In these holidays, people celebrate it with their families, friends and all nears and dears. Some people who live without their families get a chance to meet and celebrate this festival together. Due to their busy schedule of life, they don’t get time to meet their families or friends. But Christmas gives them this opportunity to celebrate this festival together. This is why Christmas is too special.

In our cities and villages, Christian kids are hoping that Santa will come and will drop a gift for them as a reward for being a good teenager. They wait for this reward for the whole year. Their parents keep the present on the ground or on the side table when their kids are sleeping to make sure that Santa is happy with them for being a good kid and as a reward he is giving them a gift. For the sake of the gift, kids do good things, respect people around them and at the end they get a reward – a unique gift from Santa. If this small act of yours makes someone feel happy, then go for it and make them happy.

Christmas brings a bundle of joy and peace with it. Decorating your house with lights, to put the Christmas tree in right position and after that decorating the tree with family or friends is a little joy moment. These things make Christmas extraordinary. Christmas is also a reminder that Santa is in everyone we just have to look inside us. After reading about this character, I came to know that Santa is all about peace, joy, giving, and caring for other people – even you don’t know them personally. Every human wants to share happiness, and successes with everyone.

Ho, ho, ho! Happy Christmas to all.