‘The ghost of Christmas’
AMIDST the festivities, Sharon Bright is determined her sons Shawn Sanjay Raj, nine, and Shane Shanjeev Raj, three, learn the true meaning of Christmas.
“To my sons, Christmas really is about gifts, toys and cookies. It’s a little easier with my elder son since he learns from his teachers and friends in school,” says Bright.
But they have also been attending Sunday school and know about its religious meaning.
“The boys have also been taught to pray and think of the less fortunate on this special day,” she says.
But Bright also encourages her younger son to believe in a little magic.
“I don’t see any harm for my boys to grow up with some made up stories. Shane is only three and I want his growing years to be a memorable one.”
While Shawn is well aware that Santa is just a myth, Shane believes that Santa is really the ghost of Christmas.
“Shane’s explanation is that Santa is all white and since bad children don’t get presents, he must be a ghost!” she shares. Both boys agree presents is the highlight of Christmas and they usually write up lists of things they want.
“This year, my eldest son Shawn, slipped me a note telling me what he wants for Christmas is a Samsung S4, complete with smiley faces and a Christmas tree. Unfortunately, his request is going to receive a rather large ‘No’ note in return,” exclaims the cheeky mother.
“We all really look forward to Christmas. I enjoy the day off and being surrounded by my family and children,” says Bright.
Sharon bright with her two boys, Shawn (left) and Shane, to whom christmas is all about gifts, toys and cookies.