Christmas: What’s All The Fuss About?

Opinion

When I was a kid and even part of my adult life, I would spend most of my Christmas day outdoors visiting friends, family and going places which wasn’t bad. But as I grew older, it became more enjoyable spending that day at home.

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It’s that season again, you can feel it, can’t you?

There’s something about the end of year I don’t like – Christmas! Don’t call me weird yet, I’ll explain later.

So I moved to a new city last year, it looks like it’s going to be another Christmas there except Santa decides to surprise me with a flight ticket to Seychelles (one of my dream countries to visit). But if I’m being honest, that’s not going to happen, not with Santa. They say he’s so kind but am I the only one who has never benefitted anything significant from him except things like plastic cups and plates I got as a kid – cups and plates that were even paid for if you know what I mean.

Truth is, I’m not expecting anything special this season – it’s still going to be the same old fever of anticipation which in my opinion is overboard.

I’ve spent the last couple of Christmas in London, Aberdeen, Benin City and Lagos, nothing ever changes: hike in prices of items, noisy streets, traffic gridlock and you just spend more money!

No matter how prudent you think you are, you can’t escape it. Virtually everything about Christmas is expenditure. From the church programmes to the street carnivals, the season is just after our pockets. You’ll be doomed if you want to keep up with the joneses.

Doesn’t it amaze you why people spend many months preparing for just one day? Why do people spend recklessly when it’s only the year that would change? Every other thing remains the same – school fees for the kids, rent and other bills. I’m all for giving yourself a treat after a long and eventful year but be wise.

I’ve got to say this: my grouse about Christmas doesn’t make me less Christian. I like the essence, but what I don’t like is all the frenzy that goes with it. I feel many people still don’t understand the meaning of Christmas. Xmas celebration should be more spiritual than physical.

I may not like the frenzy but I do like Christmas day itself.

When I was a kid and even part of my adult life, I would spend most of my Christmas day outdoors visiting friends, family and going places which wasn’t bad. But as I grew older, it became more enjoyable spending that day at home. I sleep, watch movies, eat, sleep again, make/receive all the ‘’merry Xmas’’ calls and host friends when they come. I plan to do same this year except Santa would be kind to me for once and make my Seychelles trip happen.

Despite my issues with the season, there are still things I look forward to every yuletide.

  1. Carols: There are only few things in this world I love more than Christmas songs, they just warm the cockles of my heart and gives me childhood memories which I relish. My all-time favourite is ‘’Holy Night’’. I never get tired of it. So I have started building a long list of churches to attend for carols this season.
  2. Friends: Reuniting with old folks and family who’ve been away for a while due to work or have been busy pursuing other goals is another reason why I like the season. It always feels nice catching up. This is one of the reasons many of our Igbo friends never fail to travel to the village.
  3. Food: You like this too, don’t you? I’m not a foodie but for some reason, there seem to be a lot of food available during yuletide. In fact, December is the only time of the year I take a break from working out and weight watching. I spoil myself a lot during this time. Need I remind you the abundant food that’s available especially on Christmas day.

So the year is fast winding down. I just realised this morning I haven’t received any Xmas gifts yet. This is an official reminder to friends and family to sow a seed in my life because I’m fertile. Trust me you’ll reap bountifully!

Here’s wishing y’all a merry Christmas and a happy prosperous New Year! Your turn, what do you like or don’t like about Christmas?

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