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Every upcoming holiday leaves me reminiscing about the holidays back home. The distinct smell and sound of holiday awakens an underlying homesickness that prefers to be dormant for the sake of sanity. Despite myself, like any other fool I am taken aback with all that glitter of the American Christmas.

Come Christmas, I feel my adrenaline rush when I see flaring poinsettias lining the window sills, boughs of holly adorning office desks, the lights brightening dreary winter, the red gloves and scarves, the snow splattered cars crowding area malls, the foggy sky or rather the smoggy sky, the colorful sugar cookies, candy canes loosely clinging on Christmas trees, frosty, Rudolf, Santa and Ginger bread man, the carols blasting everywhere you go, evident  bad hair days, the snow stricken pale faces, the salvation army bell, the red and green everywhere, the beeping of snow cleaning  trucks, tacky inflatables cluttering front lawns, the traffic, the long lines in store register, the countless credit cards being swiped, worrisome scrooges loosening up their pockets, the kids excitement about what they will get………..

On that silent night and holy night I calmly wish to hear that distant heavenly chant of the holy liturgy .Instead of pine and cinnamon, I long to smell ketema, semhal and ariti. On that blessed morning, I want to see the blended smoke of inscence and roasting bunna rising in unison. I crave to eat my mothers dorowat with ayib and hmbasha. I, more than anything want to hear the endless chattering of my mom and sisters. And before they partake, I want to serve my father and uncles a wash basin for their hand. I hope to ponder the divine story behind it all instead of contemplating where to hide my kids’ gifts. I yearn to accept the Godly gifts I have instead of contemplating the earthly things I will get .Where do I even start…..

My kids excitement and the knowledge that this is indeed THEIR Christmas and ‘all the glitter’ rehabilitate me from my nostalgia that forever begs not to be disturbed .American Christmas is like walking into the garden of Eden serenely anticipating to see the prophecy fulfilled .It is decorated delightfully, it is neutral and all inclusive .In spite of my internal conflict, I think I am learning to like this white Christmas.

101 Responses to “it’s magic”


  1. 1 corpalum

    nostalgic thoughts @biskut…

    What do I miss most about gena in the +251? I miss the ‘sense’ of amet beal, people running here and there, the cars, traffic, the lambs and rams being led to their slaughter unbeknownst to them (kera)…people buying groceries at shola gebeya, the woyals busier than usual- yelling for attention with more vigor and excitement…

    ..and of course slaughtering the lamb early in the morning so that the beg arag can get on and do what he has to do…(although I had done it many times back home when i was like 9-10, i could not bring myself to do it a few years back when I went home for vacation…funny)..and the fresh tibs in the morning and sitting around to listen to the chit chat of uncles and aunts over coffee…

    thanks for the thoughts…

  2. 2 Dinich

    Who misses BBQ lamb balls and kidneys? lol

  3. 3 biskut

    dinich
    yeah i remember that and it use to make a big popping sound when it was roasting .Now i think of it …it is a big ewwww .i also remember my uncles eating mlas .

    corp alum
    tibs in the morning and dulet was also a big part of ametbal .The way the lamb looks just before it is slaughtered is so heart breaking .That is why they are a subject of a lot of misale in the bible .

  4. 4 corpalum

    @biskut “.i also remember my uncles eating mlas..”

    yea, i remember too, and could never figure out what the “sember’ part was….melasina sember

    any ideas?

  5. 5 ManNeh Intinah

    The nostalgia that would forever be with me is when I used to take the “Kodaa” after the Beg(yewefChobet) was slaughtered and sell it for a few buck.

  6. 6 biskut

    corpalum
    i don’t know what sember means . i think it is some sort of ye organ tirafi or an organ in the vicinity of mlas and equally as gross.i don’t eat beg and never have .That is why i never mentioned it in my post.my parents say it is very healthy though.

  7. 7 chuni

    sember actually means a mark from a beating. you know the red swelling you get from dula lol, but not a scar.”yemetat fit’wa lay sember tewe”. i don’t know how it relates to “milas ena sember” though.

  8. 8 Totit

    Hummmm….I wanna be transported back home…..
    Yep Sember…what exactly is it…I never knew….

  9. 9 biskut

    totit
    whatever happened to part 2 of your story ?

  10. 10 Totit

    Hey Biskut…well I realised there was no purpose to part 2…all that needed to be said was said….and as much as I would like to believe I am immune to all the comments, the reality is I am not….happy holidays to everyone….

  11. 11 biskut

    totit
    sorry to hear that .It hit home to a lot of us girls …maybe not to the same extent but i did relate to that experience .It was a nice read and i was looking forward to part 2 .i hope you change your mind .

  12. 12 saron

    bidkut

    you moved me. i had to chock back some tears. nicely done, very well writen

  13. 13 biskut

    saron
    i take it you are like me .
    i have a permanent wedgie in my heart because of homesickness .I pray to feel that sense of belonging one day…… Thankyou for your kind words .

  14. 14 biskut

    Overdue for a new post……..

    what is going on bernosoch ?

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