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The Joy of Christmas

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India is a land of several amazing festivals. The way we have embraced every festival as our own is just incredible, to say the least. I love celebrating Ganeshotsav, Navratri, and Diwali as much as I love celebrating Christmas. As the cool breeze ushers in the month of December, my heart fills with joy and anticipation. As a convent school alumna, Christmas has always been a special time for me. The moment the calendar flips to December, I'm transported to a world of warmth, festivity, and nostalgia. I've always loved Christmas, and one of the reasons for my fondness is the wintery vibe it brings. Even in India, where we don't have snow-covered streets, the cool December weather and the festive decorations create a cosy and inviting atmosphere. 

Attending a convent school during Christmas was an enchanting experience in itself. The memories of Christmas celebrations there are etched in my heart forever. The melodious carol singing, nativity plays, and the sense of unity that enveloped us as we celebrated together was just incredible. I used to eagerly look forward to this time of the year. While my school days are behind me, the memories of those Christmases at the convent are a cherished part of my life. Today, I continue to celebrate the season with a mix of old and new traditions. The classic movies, hot chocolate, and the joy of giving remain a significant part of my holiday celebrations. 

Worldwide, Christmas is celebrated with equal love and enthusiasm. Let’s see a few examples and go on a virtual tour of some of the most enchanting Christmas destinations and traditions. Whether you're a snow enthusiast or a sunseeker, we have the perfect destination for you! 

1. Lapland, Finland 

For those who dream of a white Christmas, Lapland in Finland is the ultimate destination. Experience the magic of the season as you visit Santa's village, go on a reindeer sleigh ride, and even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. The stunning snowy landscapes and cozy log cabins make Lapland a fairytale Christmas wonderland. 

2. Strasbourg, France 

Strasbourg, often referred to as the "Capital of Christmas," boasts one of the oldest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe. Explore the charming streets, savor delicious mulled wine, and pick up unique handmade gifts. The city's illuminated streets and stunning cathedral create a magical atmosphere that will warm your heart. 

3. New York City, USA 

The Big Apple transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. From the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree to the enchanting displays on Fifth Avenue, New York City offers a dazzling Christmas experience. Don't forget to ice skate in Central Park or attend a magical performance of The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. 

4. Sydney, Australia 

Experience a unique Christmas celebration in the Southern Hemisphere. In Sydney, you can enjoy Christmas under the sun with outdoor barbecues, beach parties, and spectacular fireworks over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. It's a true Aussie Christmas experience! 

5. Cusco, Peru

For a Christmas celebration rich in history and culture, head to Cusco, Peru. Explore the ancient city's colonial architecture and vibrant markets. On Christmas Eve, you can join the locals for a traditional "Misa de Gallo" (Rooster's Mass) and partake in the custom of sharing hot chocolate and panettone. 

6. Tokyo, Japan 

Tokyo offers a uniquely Japanese take on Christmas with colourful illuminations, winter illuminations in theme parks like Tokyo Disneyland, and delightful Christmas-themed food items. Discover the charm of this vibrant city during the holiday season. 

This Christmas, instead of staying home and celebrating in the same way you do every year, why not create unforgettable memories by exploring the world's most captivating Christmas destinations? At Veena World we are here to make your dream Christmas vacation a reality. Let us help you plan the perfect holiday getaway, whether it's in a winter wonderland, a tropical paradise, or a bustling city. Discover the joy of Christmas in different cultures, make new friends, and share the spirit of the season around the globe. Merry Christmas and Happy Travels!

December 20, 2023


Ankita Joshi
Ankita Joshi

A history, culture and music enthusiast with tremendous love for travel! My love for writing comes from my love for reading and exploring various topics.

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