I’m super thankful that God made it possible for me to get my hair done this Christmas period.
In Nigeria, the price of EVERYTHING skyrockets during the festive season, and it turns out that the money my sister and I were given to braid our hair wasn’t enough.😲 So I had to let my sis do her hair first and risk not doing my isi Christmas (Christmas hair).
But I thank God that my dad understood, and God provided the extra money I needed to get my hair done. 👧🏾
I’m really thankful that God has helped rekindle the friendship between us and my neighbours.
I’m thankful that God has helped me realise the mistakes I made this year, and is helping me retrace my steps. 🤗
I’m thankful that God has helped me find myself in Him; He’s helped me become active in my spirituality again! 🙏🏾
I’m thankful that, because I’ve begun to move step-by-step with God, I have a hope that the future, although it seems uncertain from my viewpoint, will be bright – if I play my part well.
I’m thankful I got my dress ironed! 💃🏾I really needed to iron the dress I’d wear to church for Christmas, but there hadn’t been power in our area for, like, a week! But at the last moment – on Christmas eve – God willed it, and we were supplied power!
You see? I may not have gotten some huge breakthrough this Christmas, but these little things that God has done for me must be acknowledged. God has reasons for everything that happens in our lives. Many a time, He just wants to teach us endurance and give us wisdom from experiences.
So, dear reader, count your blessing this Christmas day,‘cause the Saviour of the World is born, and there’s no way He’s come without leaving you a gift – no matter how naughty you’ve been. 👺
So wriggle out of your worries and make sure you have a very merry Christmas!
Ndi enyi m, ana m asikwa unu ekeresmesi oma! (Merry Christmas, my friends!)😘🎄😚✨
I just had to name this post with the first thing that popped into my head. In IB’s Christmas Blog Tag Post, day 2,she answered questions relating to Christmas: what she loves about it, her favorite Christmas-themed movies and things like that. And in that post, I commented that I’ll do ‘something Christmasey’ on my blog too. So here it is…
My Christmasey blog post:
What’s your favorite Christmas movie?
I think my favorite Christmas movie should be: Good Luck, Charlie, It’s Christmas! I saw the movie back when I was much, much younger, but I have to make it my best Christmas movie.
… I know I wasn’t asked, but next to that is Kung Fu Panda Holiday – which is also an old movie.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
No. I live in Nigeria, and in Nigeria it NEVER snows. ☃ But we do have our own variation of the snowy weather, though. It’s called Harmattan. During Harmattan, everywhere gets cold and dry; it’s freezing cold in the morning and at night, and blazing hot in the afternoon with a dry wind.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
I usually spend my holiday in my village (either my maternal or paternal village). In Nigeria, it’s a norm that every Christmas, relatives from all over the country (and even the world) come to the village for Christmas. It’s always very fun when all my cousins, aunties and uncles come back and we all stay together under one roof; I get a lot of money in these periods, 😁😁😁 which I save for the new year; I also get a lot of gifts and go for a good number of outings.
But in recent years, that norm is fading. The cost of traveling from state to state is rising, and only a few relatives come back each year. 😥
What is your favorite Christmas song?
I’m not sure I can pick just one! But since I am to pick, it would have to be the Catholic Hymn We Three Kings of Orient. I’ve loved this hymn for as long as I can remember, and it’s still my best today.🎶🎵🎶
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
No. Sadly, I cannot. Although, I can name Rudolph. I hear his name often in Christmas movies.
What Christmas traditions are you looking forward to this year?
To be honest, in Nigeria this year, it doesn’t really feel like Christmas. By this time of the year (December 3rd – the day this post was written), Harmattan must have fully set in and you just feel that festive vibe in everybody. But things are so different this year, I wonder if Christmas will even feel like Christmas this year.
Okay, so the tradition I’m looking forward to this year is staying up on 31st night. It’s most fun in my paternal village, where all of my cousins and I stay up till 1st January. And when 1st January does come, my grandma rings a small bell and shouts “Happy new year!” amidst prayers for the new year. From there, she lets us all stay outside in the dark till we start feeling sleepy (which we never do till much, much later ‘cause we’ll be too busy playing with fire crackers (or banger as we prefer in Nigeria) 🧨🧨🧨 and talking).
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
The best Christmas present I ever received was the joy of Christmas. I got this gift from God Himself in the Christmas period of 2019. That was the year I began to really follow God, and He blessed me with the joy of actively expecting His Son’s coming into the world. My family didn’t even celebrate Christmas that year with much, but the Christmas hymns, decorations and the all-round festive spirit made me more than joyful each Christmas day of that year. 😇😃😊
Most memorable Christmas memory?
It would have to be Christmas, 2015, when I received my first Holy Communion. I got a real surprise that day, because my aunties came all the way from Ibadan and Cameroon down to Lagos to be there with me. I can remember how we were all dressed on white that chilly night holding candles. A girl’s wig caught fire from the candle she was holding. (TMI? 🤨)
But the part of this memory I love the most is the time after we just received Holy Communion, after the short prayer you say when you get to your seat, my friend sitting beside me looked around and, smiling, told me, “It’s Christmas eve!” I can never forget that.
After the mass, we all went outside to receive the congratulations of our families and friends. Fireworks were lighting up the sky, and little nine-year-old me could do nothing but smile and love every minute of it all.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I read about it in a church brochure article or so. I wasn’t surprised, though. Before then, I only ever saw Santa as a symbol Christmas-time, and not as a person who really exists.
What makes holidays special for you?
Um, let’s see.
Food. Lots and lots of food.
Being with family and friends under the same roof.
Going to church, spending time with God and singing Christmas hymns.
Going for outings with family and friends.
Staying up late on 31st night.
Writing out my scriptural pillars for the new year.
That Christmas-Harmattan smell in the air, and the general festive vibe.
Watching people shoot banger (‘cause I’m too scared to do so myself… maybe this year will be different).
What don’t you like about Christmas?
There’s not much to dislike about this time of the year. The only thing I can say here is that I don’t like the hot-dry weather and the cracked, dry lips I get from the Harmattan season.
So, that’s a wrap, peeps! I hope this post was enlightening as it was interesting, and I hope people in other countries have learnt a little more about Christmas on my side of the world.
I’d love to hear about your thoughts on my answers to these questions in the comments section below. 👇🏾 If you’re a blogger who’s just finding out about the Christmas Blog Tag and wish to make a post on it, don’t forget to link my post in yours (like I did in this one).
I hope to do another Something Christmasey post next year… by God’s grace.😇