This beautiful piece was written by a friend of mine; Ubazue Onyeka (Royalty Shyne). When I read through it, it gave me a lot to think about and I thought it would be really self-centered of me to keep it all to myself. Here goes;

 So here I am pondering (not like Pinky and the Brain) but I’m pondering, what’s the true essence of the festivities during Christmas, because I have looked around and I see animals lose their lives just for this course (not like I care about the animals). And it’s not just the animals; people lose themselves to satisfy the curiosity of celebration.

 Now to the crux of the day, what in the world do we celebrate at Christmas or what is Christmas that we celebrate it so much and so big? Here is an excerpt from Whats App; 

“ this is what Christmas means: no more beating on closed doors, but an open heaven, angels ascending and descending freely, our prayers reaching the throne of God unhindered, the holy spirit constantly pouring upon us like sunshine from a cloudless sky God with us- ‘IMMANUEL’. And God is IN us.”
 From here we see that Christmas isn’t about the food but about us, not about the party but about the package. When we remember Christmas it should be with joy in our hearts (well, that’s the party) as we remember the darling of heaven that was made manifest for our sakes; “the everlasting father” (Isaiah 9:6) who was born in a manger (Luke 2:7). God came amongst men to save them and reconcile them unto himself. Christmas is the time to merry and glory in God for his love which so much encompass us that he gave us his very best (John 3: 16). It is not by the work of our hands lest we boast but by grace alone through Christ by faith.
  At Christmas we give thanks, we love just as the Father does, we celebrate as well as we remind people of the essence of the season – US. For our sakes the Father of glory chose to come in the form of man to save us who were far from him so that in him we would have redemption even the forgiveness of sins. 
So as we chew our rice and kill those birds please be reminded that the grace of God has appeared to all men and now we have an advocate with the father who always intercedes for us; in addition we have the best gift of all – the Holy Spirit which is God’s spirit that lives in us. Why? Because God chose to be born in a manger.

Side note: Beautiful inn’it? Yeah, I thought so too. I know I’ve said this before (and probably would again) but you can sue me for indigestion. So….
And here’s a Christmas-sy hug from us to you…  Come now, don’t be shy…


Yippee! It’s that time of the year again! That time when the weather is enough reminder and our blankets and sweaters get bear-hugs, a time when we remember that a distant relative is still alive, the time when we know who really loves us by the text messages, calls and gifts we get, a time when kids get to meet “Uncle-in-a-red-costume” and can freely pollute the air with the noise of knock-outs, a time when our houses finally get a make-over, that time of the year when Nigerian business men and women decide that everyone is richer, so commodities should get a hike (right?), that time when the years’ days are numbered, the time when we all take a break from the years’ roller-coaster ride, when laxatives are never short in our bags and pockets, a time when we can comfortably lavish our naira bills because we really don’t care and actually have excuses to do so, that very time when churches can record impressive attendants and our piggy banks receive the right to be broken.

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Hello there!…*smiles*… Welcome! Akwaaba! (That means welcome in Twi – Ghana…don’t ask me how I know). Thanks for stopping by. I’m so happy I can’t believe myself. You mean someone actually reads this stuff?. That’s quite something. Okay, enough of the soppy mushiness… Let’s move on to adult matters.
The other time we were talking about what now…food! Well, maybe not food, food but am sure that’s what you remembered. Actually the main point was salt and not the food (sorry to disappoint y’all foodies). Now, thing is, we talked about salt, salt, salt and you were probably thinking, “Look I know I have to be the salt but how do I be?” So that brings me to today’s topic. 

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Well, well, well…who do we have here? It’s you again!…*grins from ear to ear* 🙂… You are very, very, very and very welcome! How you dey? God says “hello”. Okay, I wanna tell you about what happened to me a while back. 

I closed my eyes, took a slow deep breath and inhaled the spicy aroma that filled the kitchen; my brain picked up the signal and interpreted it. Ah, yes…food! On realizing this, my tongue promptly switched on the water-works as my mouth started to water. As if on cue, my stomach rumbled and I pacified her. “Easy girl, easy. Food is on its way”, I soothed.

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Okay, so now I have a hopefully functioning blog. Yippee! Let the drums roll out, let’s sing and dance because it’s really worth celebrating. I mean how many people in the world own a blog? Not so many I’m sure and now here I am with this new blog, standing on the front-line of the very few bloggers the world has ever produced. It’s a major achievement and totally awesome, I know. Please you can hold your applause (I do hope by now you have figured that this human being is unserious and is most likely making a dismal attempt at the art of sarcasm). And just in case you’re still wondering what that was about…I really didn’t mean that; there are a gazillion blogs out there…really.


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