It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 31


Christmas day is nearly here and I still haven’t fallen down with the ‘expat Christmas blues”. It has been hard to think about what I am missing back in England with my family, Indian expats in the West must feel the same during Diwali, but I have kept busy preparing for our first Christmas in India! Our baby Christmas tree had waited outside for two weeks, totally bare, so we decided it was time to bring him in and decorate our first Christmas tree together! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I bought a porcelain angel ornament with me from England, angels play a significant role in the Christmas story. When Jesus was born, angels appeared in the sky to announce the news, therefore it’s traditional to but an angel on top of a Christmas tree (or a star, which was another sign that Jesus had arrived!). Our Christmas tree had an angel, but the other decorations we needed to find in Nagpur!

Angel on Christmas tree

Thanks to this blog I was able to get in touch with another foreign wife in Nagpur and together we have been able to recreate some European Christmas magic together! We found some shops selling Christmas decorations in Sadar and Birdi (for those Nagpurians who would like to know). There wasn’t a huge choice but we managed to find some gems! We also spent a lovely Christmassy afternoon making gingerbread biscuits and gingerbread houses (my first gingerbread house ever!). She is an amazing cook and made the gingerbread from scratch, I just did the construction work and made the icing!

Gingerbread house 2 Gingerbread house 3

Back at home, my husband and I decorated our Christmas tree with Michael Bublé singing Christmas songs in the background. I was surprised this was his first Christmas tree because he uttered the words that are traditionally spoken when a family get together to decorate a Christmas tree, “no, it should be like this”. We had such fun and although I am missing my family during this festive and nostalgic time, I am so happy to be spending the first Christmas with my husband in the same continent!

tinsel and decorations

pug and christmas tree

Merry Christmas!

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About Lauren Mokasdar

Lauren fell in love on the internet, took a one way flight from England, got married & started a new life & bicultural family in India. She writes about finding happiness & balance between two very different worlds, when her baby takes a nap.


31 thoughts on “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

    • Jeetendra

      Totally agree with bibi. That way he will look more adorable with the bow tie gentleman, sorry gentledog /gentlepuppy 🙂 nah I just saw spectre so we’ll name him Alpha Bond. Hmm all he needs then is a date. Dichkyaon! God I was just hit by a bone. Help!

  • Jeetendra

    Well Alphonso seems to have fallen in love with the Christmas tree. Hmm I wonder if its because of the ginger bread! Oh well! The bread is not there. Nice decoration for the Christmas tree. I wish you and your family both in India and England a merry Christmas.

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Hehe, I don’t know why but he loves sitting there! I think he wants some extra attention maybe??
      I hope you are well!!
      Merry Christmasss to you and yours! 😀

  • friend

    The Christmas tree is adorable. I am glad that you could recreate the Christmas spirit in India. The red chunni underneath is the one which is adorns goddess durga. I think it is the same chunni that you got from the bengali durga pooja last year. That’s holy cloth.

    Merry Christmas to you and your husband. BTW, send some ginger bread cake to me, looks delicious.

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Thank you so much!
      I thought you would have known me enough by now to know that I understand that, this is a different cloth bought especially for the Christmas tree and hasn’t been in a temple and therefore hasn’t been blessed!

      The house has been partly demolished already 😛
      Take care and Merry Christmas!!!

    • friend

      @ Lauren

      I did not mean to offend u. my apologies. If u want the Christmas feeling next time come to north India. u will get both chilly winter and fog, only snow is missing. do u have bitter winter and fog in nag purchasing??

  • Ranjana

    Very nice and the cloth which you have placed under Christmas tree pot is traditionally used for festivities around goddesses in India. Hence it looks like a cross between India and Europe. Happy holidays.

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Thank you 🙂
      Yes, we have celebrated Navratri twice now and have several of the blessed cloths given as prasad stored away.
      This is a cloth we bought especially for Christmas as red and gold are Christmas colours!

      I hope you are well! Merry Christmas xx

  • Sowmya

    Merry Xmas!! Alphonso and the tree look great. Reminds me of Snoopy and Charlie Brown Christmas tree 🙂 He would look great in a Santa hat.

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Merry Christmas!
      Haha, yes, I guess it does look strikingly similar!
      If you check out my Christmas post, you can see Alfonso is his Father Christmas hat 😀
      Hoping you are well 🙂

  • Mons Gupta

    Merry Christmas Lauren!
    Your Christmas tree is beautiful and Alfonso looks lovable!
    I wish u all the best, enjoy ur first Christmas in Nagpur with ur husband….
    Sending love xx

  • divya

    Hi Lauren.
    Merry belated Christmas to you. I hope it was a good one. I just wanted to say that although my entire family are extremely religious Hindus (we are all vegetarian, we even have deities in our house) we always celebrate Christmas. The spirit of giving to your loved ones, and celebrating your family transcends religion. Plus any excuse is a good excuse to buy each other gifts ;). This year we bought a 1.8 m Christmas tree and my mom, dad and I had so much fun decorating it. We even hung up Christmas balls in our prayer room and by our shrine.
    All the best. Xoxo

  • Carissa Hickling

    In an Anglo-Indian Catholic family, Christmas is a BIG deal here. However I found Bandra put on its festive best a bit late – literally a day or two before with things much more subdued than previous years.

    And the ABVP decided to be ever so “kind” and bring in truckloads of thousands of Hindu students to flood the arteries of Bandra on Christmas Day effectively separating families from visiting different homes for several hours. Sigh… Deliberately intended to hamper the Christmas spirit.

    • subramanian

      Merry Christmas, Carrissa- from a practicing hindu- sorry about the dampener at Bandra. Jesus was born that day notwithstanding any disruptions and he is there to bless us all in the new year. Cheers

      • Carissa Hickling

        Very kind to share these thoughts… I believe everyone should be able to follow their own beliefs while respecting other’s beliefs too. It does Hinduism a tremendous disservice to be gaining a reputation for intolerance. Opinions like yours counter this and are appreciated.

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