Usher in the season

Usher in the season

With Christmas around the corner, Bengalureans are busy setting up with cribs that help appreciate the true meaning of this season.

The markets maybe flooded with readymade cribs in all colours and sizes but most people prefer to make their own. This, they believe, gives an outlet for their creativity and lends a personal touch to the whole festival.   People use all kinds of materials like wood, thermocol and paper to make the crib. Ragi is grown well in advance to add that dash of greenery to the settings. Dried grass is used rather generously to make the crib appear complete. The idols are placed only after the structure is ready. Cheryl Rodrigues, an IT professional, wishes to make a crib from paper this year. "I make a different type of crib every year. This year, I will make grass using yellow and brown coloured paper. I will cut the paper into thin strips which will give the grass a 3D effect. I will then make the crib using this strip. Instead of using artificial colours, I intend to grow ragi to give it a natural look," says Cheryl. She adds that the crib is complete only after it is decorated with lights.

Every member of Ann Grace Jason's household takes an active part in making the crib. While Ann and her sister take the lead in making the crib, her parents and grandparents also give them ideas.

"Last year, we made the crib with thermocol. We chose snow as the theme and made a white crib. We also placed a glass of water with small fishes in it beside the crib to depict life," explains Ann. She adds that more than the significance, she enjoys the excitement the activity generates in her home.

"My sister and I live in different places but every year, during Christmas, we make it a point to come together to make the crib, decorate the tree and usher in the spirit of the season," says Ann.

She hopes to work on a different theme this year. "My sister and I have been a little busy this year, so we are going to be making the crib at the last minute. But you perform best when you are under pressure, so we are hoping to surprise ourselves this year," adds Ann.

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