Merry Christmas Guys and Happy Holidays!
I keep saying it that 2019 was a really fast year! I can vividly remember last year’s Christmas because it was a such a great time being around family and having a swell time on one of the beaches in Lagos (You can check my Instagram for pictures!) thankfully today, we’re privileged to be part of another Christmas celebration. And I’m pretty sure everyone has their own unique ways of celebrating. Which is why I have adopted my favourite Q&A post method to ask a few people what Christmas means to them and if there’s anything they look forward to this season.
Let me just add that I had really interesting responses that also got me thinking. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Boyo said : Christmas means family to me. It’s my favourite time of the year and it represents a special type of bonding for me. It goes beyond the traditional ‘it’s Jesus birthday’ and I don’t know if I even care about that. It’s family time for me and since I love presents, Christmas is an opportunity to get more too. And then there is the chicken and food and drink and gists!
Fikky said: To be honest, I feel like Christmas used to mean a lot to me while I was quite young, because of the whole celebration; food, drinks, the joy of seeing loved ones again after a long time. I saw Christmas as an avenue to bond and be happy. But I grew up and the whole get together thing isn’t there anymore. Everyone has grown, some married and all so now, it’s just pretty much just there to me. I don’t even look forward to Christmas like before.
Ak said: A tradition of remembering the birth of Christ. A time to celebrate with family, friends and loved ones. A time to be away from work and rest a little bit.
Fisola said: Honestly, a fun period when I was younger, but the older I get the more indifferent I get. And it’s most likely because I’m no longer a kid and probably because I don’t have kids yet that I need to spoil at this point in time. It should be a time to spread joy and appreciate your life since you’re so close to the end of the year in which a lot of things have happened. And yes, celebrate the birth of Christ (something one tends to forget these days).
Spencer said: To be honest, Christmas doesn’t mean much to me. It’s just another holiday. The only good thing about it is that, it brings my family together. Asides that, nothing.
Timi said: Food!!! And work.
Tomz said: Well, people say it’s celebrating the day Jesus was born and all but to me personally, it’s just a season of love. You know, sharing and receiving gifts, the merriments and all. And then visitors coming to visit and giving me money when they’re leaving.
Abayomi said: Well, Christmas to me is the celebration of the birth of Christ. Though you may hear lot of things about it that it’s ritual stuff, blah blah. But to me, I am celebrating the day salvation came into the world. Was the date when Jesus was born given? NO. but season. So if believers choose to celebrate on 25th, so be. If 29th, so be. In a nutshell, celebration of Christ’s birth.
Attossa said: The true meaning of Christmas is love (God’s kind of love towards mankind). However, Jesus is not only the reason for the season, we are the reason for the season. If only we have the full understanding of what it cost God to release his only begotten son for us to be reconnected back to the father. This season goes far beyond eating and drinking. It’s a season to extend that same kind of love first to our family members, friends and non friends out there.
Simi said: Well it’s a time of the year to reflect on the Love of Christ and the beauty of his sacrifice, and to express this love towards people. Mostly I look forward to spending time with my loved ones.
I think you’d agree with me that these are very interesting answers. And one of the things that prompted me to write this post is because I kept asking myself ‘where is the Christmas spirit?’ I remember saying in this post that I couldn’t wait to put up decorations this year but to be honest, as the time drew closer, I couldn’t even be bothered. It wasn’t until a few days ago before I brought out the lights. Interestingly, it’s only my house that has decorations on. Goes a long way to explain how vibes can be contagious. No one seems to be in the mood and I allowed that to slightly creep into my head too.
Usually, when I hear Christmas, the things that come to my head are food, giving, celebration, fireworks, laughter, travel, carols, movies, sleep, family, decorations, money, presents, etc Basically everything that makes you happy and relaxed, which I think is how we ought to feel when we reflect on the fact that Jesus was born for us. And honestly, it was that simple when we were much younger.
These days, some of us can’t even be bothered.
I remember telling someone that it’s almost like we allow adulthood to rob us of certain things. I mean, I know that times have changed, but I think it’s okay to allow ourselves to enjoy some of the things we used to as kids.
Christmas is and should always remain a special season for everyone. I understand that the weather is quite harsh and all, even I just finished treating my skin few days ago because I was reacting terribly to the weather. It could also be that some of us couldn’t be with our family due to one thing or the other, which is totally understandable.
Nevertheless, I have decided to do all I takes to get me in that celebratory mood, no matter how little because that is exactly how it should be. And you should too. In fact, I might be getting myself a little gift, just because. (You can send in yours too, still accepting!)
Don’t be a Grinch. Allow yourself to enjoy the little and simple things in life. These are the things that make you really live life rather than just existing. And if we’re really being honest, we all need a breather especially as we get ready for the new year.
Picture Taken By Toluwalashe Oke
Lastly, don’t forget to spread the cheer to others. Some others need it much more than you might think.
Merry Christmas Guys!