I always tell our guest travelers that the best way to spend Christmas in Meghalaya is to get yourself invited to a local’s house and savor the delicious food and wine. I wish and hope to spend Christmas like this every year until I am here. Christmas is celebrated in Meghalaya like Diwali is celebrated in Delhi, just to set the context right. If you are in Meghalaya, this Christmas and wondering what to do? Here’s a list: 1. Visit churches in Shillong Shillong has the most beautiful and old churches which get flocked for morning and evening prayers on the day. If you want to experience the culture up close and personal then it’s a great way to start the day. Be respectful of the place and wear formals if you are going for the mass. Some of my personal favorite churches are Laitumkhrah Presbyterian and Shillong Catholic Cathedral. 2. Cafes: Chances are most cafes will be closed at night due to celebrations, so visit them to have breakfast or lunch. They look really pretty and Instagram worthy with Christmas lights and decor. Also don’t forget to add Cinnamon in your coffee. In my head Christmas has a smell and that is Cinnamon. 3. Shopping: Buy the best Christmas goodies while shopping in Laitumkhrah & Police bazaar for your next Christmas back at home. Trust me you’ll always cherish those forever. You can find some handcrafted wooden Christmas trees and decor in some small shops. 4. Camp at night: A billion stars and campfire can be your decor for the Christmas if you choose to camp out. Sing some jingles on guitar with your friends/family. There are many beautiful campsites near Shillong. My personal favorites are Laitlum grand canyon, Mawphlang sacred groove, and Dawki/Shnonpdeng. 5. And again Make some local friends and make sure you get invited to celebrate Christmas with them. Well, there's no guide for that.

Merry Christmas to all! I would love to hear your stories. How do you like to spend the festival? write to me at heena10043@gmail.com