Its that time of the year again. CHRISTMAS is finally here. A season that everyone looks forward to right from January. Its meant to be a celebration for the CHRISTIANS but it is more of a global celebration because of the time its being celebrated. CHRISTMAS is celebrated on every 25th of December in most part of the world and naturally, being the end of the year, even non CHRISTIANS participate in the celebration, consciously or unconsciously. CHRISTMAS is meant to be the celebration of the birth of our LORD, JESUS CHRIST. But most people hardly remember that because like I earlier said, it marks the end of another hectic year of hustling and bustling. In Nigeria, CHRISTMAS is basically about catching up and reuniting with family and friends who we have not seen in a long time. Ironically, the CHRISTMAS holiday is the shortest holiday in Nigeria but our brains make us feel its long because of the excitement. That feeling of excitement makes us feel psychologically that a break of less than one week is up to a month. During this period, people troop in and out of different markets shopping endlessly as if its the end of the world. The cost of most items increase. The traders call this “season”, hehe! If you visit a typical Nigerian market at this time example, Wuse market here in Abuja, Onitsha main market, Lagos market, sorry will be your name. The sort of stress you will pass through trying to buy what you need is indescribable. Growing up, I usually wondered why my mum buys our CHRISTMAS clothes like 3 weeks or 1month before the time. Now as an adult I understand better. Not just about the rush or the price hike, the worst is that during this period, you may not even be able to find what you need as almost every nice thing has been taken. So the best thing is to shop in advance for what you need to avoid being stranded. You don’t want to be in a mess because believe it or not, its a time to “SHOW OFF” by most folks that’s why those who aren’t buoyant enough don’t bother travelling. Abuja all of a sudden feels like a deserted land. Most people have travelled down especially the IGBOS who don’t joke with this season. So our main CHRISTMAS tradition is travelling to our various hometowns to celebrate with our relatives. Afterall, east west, HOME IS THE BEST! Yes, its very important we should all be with our loved ones at this season. We have been working hard from January to November. Its only fair we spare a few days for our family and friends. Last year, I almost didn’t travel because of work. I travelled at the peak of the rush and got to Anambra state almost at mid night but I was very glad I did. If I had not gone for CHRISTMAS, I would not have seen my mum and would not have had those last memories of her. Continue to rest in peace mum. It hurts that we won’t be spending CHRISTMAS with you again. But I will try to fill in the gap by cooking all those delicious meals you usually cook for Dad and my siblings. I know we all are ready for the celebration. Some have travelled and some are yet to travel. I want to wish you a very BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS. Its going to be a joyful one for all of us in JESUS name. Finally, I want you to tell us how and where you will be spending your CHRISTMAS holidays. Be Enlightened! Be Inspired!! Be Motivated!!!
MARILYN ANONA writes: our main CHRISTmas tradition is travelling to our various hometowns to celebrate with our relatives. Afterall, east west, HOME IS THE BEST!