If you made it this far, congratulations. If you and your family members are all intact as the year comes to an end, you have every reason to be grateful to God. Count your blessings and name them, one after another. Imagine the number of people who died along the way. Imagine the number of people on their sickbed on such a day. See, this is why you should smile and be happy despite your life struggles. If you are alive and kicking, everything else is sideshows or ‘makelele’ as we popularly say in Kenya. Sometimes we are obsessed with looking for too big a blessing, chasing after the wind, we forget to pause and smell the roses.
Merry Christmas! My cousins and I have had an interesting discussion this week. Others believe its too early to say; Merry Christmas. They are of the opinion, Merry Christmas should only be said on the Christmas day, otherwise, ‘Happy Festive season should be the right phrase’.
“Happy Festive Season is fine. Happy Holidays is fine too. Christmas Day is Jesus Birthday which we all know falls on the 25th December. All other days, before and after have a name. That is why we have Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day etc. Before that, it is advent, as a Catholic, I can’t call it Christmas yet.” Narrated one of my cousins. Well, we respect their opinion.
We followed it up with a different opinion. A few of us, belong to a different school of thought. We found the above explanation too rigid and limiting. To us, Christmas is a season. It is a celebration. It is an experience that should not be allowed to last just for a day. That is why we have Christmas cards labelled ‘Merry Christmas’ selling as early as October. That is why we have malls and shops with Christmas decorations as early as November.
That’s why we have Christmas carols playing the whole month of December. Imagine walking in a supermarket and Boney M’s Mary’s Boy Child is playing in the background. I love Christmas decorations, twinkling lights, jolly Santa’s and Christmas trees. It’s too hard trying to ignore the season. Therefore, allow me to continue celebrating Christmas from November, all the way to 31st December. Those who will be waiting for 25th December, enjoy. My Christmas tree will be up until mid- January, unapologetically.
What are you up to this Christmas? Where are you holidaying? Wow! Isn’t this the most asked question this week? I try to reason out every decision in my life and ensure it makes some sense at the end of the day. I will be in Cardiff City over Christmas. I have had temptations to go back home or even travel to other parts of the world but no. I will be in Cardiff. It is probably the only Christmas I will be in Cardiff. My classes come to an end in September next year, so I will have a chance to be home for next Christmas, Inshallah.
The Church I go to has organised for a Christmas Dinner. I am so looking forward to that, then join other friends later in the evening. In the UK, there is limited or no public transport on Christmas Day. Some taxis operate but, may charge more. This is interesting. Unless you have a car, plan with the understanding that, there will be limited transport and shops will be closed.
I am informed that the best New Years’ experience happens in London. I am one who lives for moments and memories. I have my ticket ready. I will be in London for my New Year. I really want to make my one year in the UK count, make sense to me and full of memories. I really want to look back after a year and say…I am so tempted to catch a flight back to the UK for my December holidays. Whatever you do, make it count. Have fun. Create memories. Life is for the living. From me to you- A very Merry Christmas. Enjoy.