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Jakarta Post

Insight: Guarding a merry and bright Christmas

  • Bahtiar Effendy

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 24 2010   /  09:21 am

May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white

On Dec. 25 Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas. For many, to have a merry and bright Christmas will require a number of things. Special dishes, cookies, presents, and holiday cards are among the common things being prepared. Decorating homes with lights and trees are also two important features of Christmas.

If the weather or the situation permits, many like to go caroling – going around the city or a neighborhood in a group singing Christmas songs (carols). For those who live in colder climes, of course, they wish for snow to make their Christmas a white one. More than anything else, however, Christmas needs to be celebrated in a peaceful, secure, and tranquil surrounding.

How can this — a merry and bright Christmas — be realized? In today’s Indonesia, in several of its l...