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How to Have a Merry Sporty Christmas?

Christmas is over. Oh, wait! I can see Christmas stretching its arms and waiting to tap my shoulder and say, “I am back!” by December this year again. If you spent last year’s leave days trying to come up with unique ideas on how to celebrate Christmas, but couldn’t come up with anything, then fret not. You can borrow my sporty ideas for this year’s Christmas. Pssst! I won’t tell anyone!

  1. The Twelve days of Christmas: If any Christmas carol is as famous as Jesus Christ, Mother Mary and Santa Claus, then it must be “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” I will tell you how this is done. This carol is about gifting your loved ones in the increasing numbers starting from twelve days before Christmas including the festive day. Say you sent one basketball on the first day, on Christmas day you send twelve ping pong balls. You choose the gifts.
    12 Days of Christmas

    12 Days of Christmas

    Image source: Wikipedia

  2. Tree-topper: The show stopper of the fashion show called the Christmas tree is the tree-topper. It sums up what your Christmas theme for the year is. If you are having sports themed Christmas, then you better have a sporty tree-topper!
    Tree-Topper

    Tree-Topper

    Image source: Pinterest

  3. Charity with sports: Christmas is the festival of loving, sharing and caring. It is the season of giving. There are many people in this world who need the love you can give. Why not, in the spirit of a sporty Christmas, organise sports events in the orphanages and old age homes near you? Make sure everyone gets goodies, not just the winners.
    Sports at an orphanage

    Sports at an orphanage

    Image source: World Rugby

  4. Time to have fun: Instead of just sitting and singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, how about you dribble the basketball, anyway you want, synchronising it with the carol? Are you up for this sporty festive challenge?
  5. Being simple: For children, Christmas means gifts. Gift your children sports equipment and make them get used to the outdoors instead of playing video games and being couch potato. Gifts related to sports are easiest to choose.
    Gifts under Christmas tree

    Gifts under Christmas tree

    Image source: aetew.com

  6. Mr. Sporty Claus: Retain the red and white combination of Santa Claus, but do away with the fur and the fake tummy (forgive me if you have a real one), and wear sleek workout clothes. Quit the “Ho Ho Ho” and blow a whistle to let the kids know Mr. Sporty Claus has come.
  7. Bring in the light: It is a tradition to have the star-shaped lantern in the house to usher in the festive season. Along with the usual lantern, you can have a lantern that is shaped as something related to sports. How about a bicycle or cricket bat shaped lantern? If you are creative enough, then you can make the lanterns on your own.
  8. Sportive Nativity: The core of Christmas, Nativity scene. Dress up each character of Nativity scene suitable to separate sports.
  9. Ski your way: On the exorbitant side, you may actually want the heavens to snow on you and go vacationing to places where it snows and ski there.
    Santa Skiing

    Santa Skiing

    Image source: Varianos Travel

  10. The visit: While you spend your holiday with your loved ones, the sales representatives at the sports equipment shops that are open throughout the year are working on Christmas day too. Why not pay them a visit and wish them a merry Christmas?
    Sports shop on Christmas day

    Sports shop on Christmas day

    Image source: Decathlon

If you are considering any of my suggestions mentioned above, do let me know how it turned out. If you have already done any of the above mentioned stuff, please share your experiences in the comments so that others can improvise on it.

Just before reaching my destination

Funny Story of a Directionally Challenged Non-Quitter

I always wanted to buy a bicycle. Watching people who go cycling to far away places with a smile on their faces, I too wanted to do the same. Recently when I took someone to show an outsourced unit located at an interior part of rural North Bangalore, I found the route to be very picturesque. The desire to buy a bicycle was enhanced and I indeed bought one. Today, I happened to visit that outsourced unit again and decided to take my bicycle to show the same route which made me buy it.

I will be telling you less about the route and showing you more of it through pictures this time, unlike my other blogs where I show you more of my imagination through words. To start with, I shall share my playlist that I listened to while riding Vidyaranyapura to Kanaswadi in the morning today for 31km so that you can get an idea of how much time I took to reach my destination. I am one of those people who measures time in terms of songs. I don’t shuffle, mind you.

“Haminastu” from the movie Fitoor
“Hawaa Hawaa” from the movie Rockstar
“Heart Attach” by Demi Lovato
“Help I’m Alive” by Metric
“Here We Go” by Mat Kearney
“Here’s to Never Growing Up” by Avril Lavigne
“Hey Porsche” by Nelly
“Hey, Soul Sister” by Train
“The Hollow (Acoustic)” by A Perfect Circle
“Honedo Batiya” from the movie Fitoor
“Hot n Cold” by Katy Perry
“I Cry” by Flo Rida
“I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift
“I’m An Animal” by Neko Case
“Ibn-e-Batuta” from the movie Ishqiya
“Ilahi” from the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
“Imagine” by A Perfect Circle (This is a different version John Lennon’s Imagine, as a tribute to him)
“In Between” by Linkin Park
“In Pieces” by Linkin Park
“In the End” by Linkin Park
“Irreplacable” by Beyonce
“Irresistible” by One Direction
“Ishaqzaade” from the movie Ishaqzaade
“Ishq Bina” from the movie Taal
“Ishq Shava” from the movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan
“It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy
“It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars
“It’s a Beautiful Day” by Michael Buble
“Jab Mila Tu” from the movie I Hate Luv Storys
“Jannatein Kahan (Powerball version)” from the movie Jannat 2
“Jeene Ke Ishaare” from the movie Phir Milenge
“Jhak Maar Ke” from the movie Desi Boyz
“Jiya Lage Na” from the movie Talaash

I started from Vidyaranyapura and reached Rajanukunte entrance on Doddaballapur road. Pictures will show you the route further from there.

Rajanukunte entrance from Doddaballapur road

Rajanukunte entrance from Doddaballapur road

Rajanukunte interior

Rajanukunte interior

Empty roads

Empty roads

Do you know what to see in this picture?

Do you know what to see in this picture?

A chameleon! Now you see it!

A chameleon! Now you see it!

Cattle farm

Cattle farm

Kakolu Circle

Kakolu Circle

Wait for the view after this

Wait for the view after this

One of the few lakes that have survived in Bangalore

One of the few lakes that have survived in Bangalore

Appreciating greenery

Appreciating greenery

Just before reaching my destination

Just before reaching my destination

After completion of my work at Kanaswadi, I started homewards by 6pm.

“Jiyein Kyun” from the movie Dum Maaro Dum
“Jo Bhi Main” from the movie Rockstar
“Jugni” from the movie Cocktail
“Jump” by Rihanna
“Jump Then Fall” by Taylor Swift
“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk
“Kabhi Neem Neem” from the movie Yuva
“Kabira” from the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
“Kahin Aag Lage” from the movie Taal
“Kamli” from the movie Dhoom 3
“Kariye Na” from the movie Taal
“Karma is a Bitch” from the movie Shor in the City
“Katiya Karun” from the movie Rockstar
“Kemosabe” by Everything Everything
“Khalifa” from the movie Lekar Hum Deewana Dil
“Khuda Hafiz” from the movie Yuva
“Kids” by MGMT
“Kiklikalerdi” from the movie Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
“Kun Faya Kun” from the movie Rockstar
“Kya Dekh Rahe Ho Tum” from the movie Taal
“Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai” from the movie Woh Lamhe
“Lag Gayi Lottery” from the movie Fukrey
“Lat Lag Gayi” from the movie Race 2
“Laying Me Low” by David Cook
“Leave Out All the Rest” by Linkin Park
“Lego House” by Ed Sheeran
“Leja Leja” by Shreya Ghoshal and Ustad Sultan Khan

Didn’t you notice something strange? My return journey has six songs less in the list. How did that happen? You might say maybe the length of the songs vary. But it was because one of my best friends called up on my return commute. If she hadn’t called, then the count would have reached fifty. So, what’s the big deal? Well, I got lost while returning.

Thinking about an email that some obnoxious female at my workplace sent, I took a wrong turn and didn’t even notice. Instead of reaching the entrance of Rajanukunte again, I reached the entrance of Doddaballapur. From Kanaswadi to Doddaballapur entrance the distance is 17km. From Doddaballapur entrance to Vidyaranyapura the distance is 27km. Instead of Kanaswadi -> Rajanukunte -> Vidyaranyapura which was only 31km, I pedalled for 44km. I was like “Oh, crap!” when I saw Doddaballapur board. At the same time, one of my best friends called me to catch up. She had her hearty laughter before asking me to load my cycle into an auto and go home. But I refused to do so. After the call, I realised that I am definitely directionally challenged, but that has been compensated with my nature of not quitting. It was another thing that I had to cycle all the 44km without proper light on that accident-prone highway, but it was all worth it as I came back home safe.