The earliest memories of Christmas for the 70s, 80s, 90s Nigerian Child although diverse have several similarities.
The dreams of Rice and Chicken; Santa Clause or ‘Father Christmas’; Colourful Christmas Clothes and visits to the village or homes of family members.
The maddening aroma from your neighbour’s kitchen and the excitement when they share their Christmas meal in a metallic bowl.
As we get older, Christmas begins to take on a new meaning, it is no longer that all important day of Christmas rice and chicken. As adults, Christmas becomes less significant and the fantasies of childhood become dim.
Oftentimes Christmas day goes unnoticed.
As adults away from the festivities and the noise, here is what Christmas should mean to us.
Gratitude: while we party, we must stay thankful and remember that there is someone out there who has it worse.
Reflection: it is a time to think deeply because in the heels of Christmas is the New Year. Thus, it is the time to make plans in readiness for a clean slate.
Love: Christmas, in my opinion, is the true meaning of love, not Valentine’s Day. We all grew up to neighbours sharing that ‘Christmas Rice’. You may not give Christmas rice in a metal bowl as was the norm.
But you can visit the less fortunate and share the cheer. You could reach out to that depressed friend.
Christmas should be infectious, please spread it.
This is wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!