Christmas Blues

 

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I woke up today, walked outside and sniffed the air. It was there: Christmas. I could smell it in the cold, dry wind that signaled the beginning of the harmattan. It was there in the dust that twirled in the air; in this incredible heat from an angry sun, ever less often punctuated by rain. Rain in November was crazy– if anyone knows the seasons in Nigeria you know there should be none of that past October. But Lagos is the city cushioned by the Atlantic. We get rain whenever and harmattan only when it wins the battle of seasons. Yet there’s Christmas. I heard my first jingle yesterday: Jingle Bells, odd song to sing without snow or sleighs. But the season transcends international boundaries and brings with it a spirit of oneness. I can pretend the mist outside my window, sneaking in beneath glass panes isn’t trying to dry out the oil on my skin or dissipate the next hour, leaving in its wake chapped lips. I can pretend its snow like all the Christmas movies I’ve seen.

Soon corporate buildings will light up with decorations welcoming clients and customers with some cheer. The shops will advertise hampers filled with regular everyday items, strung together with red and green bows. And yes, I get to close work in a few weeks and run home—home could be the village back East with the rest of the family, sucking on marrows from goat meat pepper soup, or it could be here in Lagos, enjoying the road without traffic congestion and the freshest air you can breathe for a while.

For the first time all the stress and heartache of this year suddenly melts away. The moments of joy I’ve experienced seems like nothing compared to what is coming ahead. I finally get what the Apostle meant when he said leaving behind the past and striving for what’s ahead. There is no certainty what’s ahead, but somehow there is no fear of tomorrow—just hope. Lots of hope and a joy that cannot be explained

It’s amazing what one month can do. If we could take half the cheer of December and distribute to gloomier months—like October or May—there’d be so much left. I think though that December’s cheer lies in the knowledge of the end of a season and hopefully the beginning of a new one. The anticipation of meeting loved ones again. Perhaps the added joy that comes from bringing happiness to others. And there’s Christ—the birth of hope to a world filled with sadness. It’s a good time to remember what the 25th means for Christians all over the world.

Christmas will come whether there is heat, cold or rain. It is ironical though that a season of birth and life will be heralded by another season of dying plants. But who cares? Death hasn’t been more appealing knowing that when it’s past, new life will bloom again. I think it will be nice to forget what day it is for the rest of the month and watch it glide by gracefully.

May your lives be filled with all the cheer December brings.

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37 thoughts on “Christmas Blues

  1. Oluchee January 5, 2016 / 5:09 am

    I saw this post late, would have reported you to May born people and tell them you said their month is gloomy 😐😒

    Christmas is gone now but all I want to do is bring it back!

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    • uju January 5, 2016 / 7:17 am

      Hahaha @reporting to may born people.

      Yeah I miss Christmas too, but don’t you want to wait till May to enjoy more cheer? 😉 😛

      Happy new year, Oluchi

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    • uju December 27, 2015 / 11:21 pm

      Thank you! 🙂
      Compliments of the season.

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  2. Holistic Wayfarer December 23, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    Lovely, U. The Efficiency Nazi loves the idea of diffusing the cheer of Dec to the other months. But we live in cycles and there is something about hoarding the spirit of goodwill and joy that makes the year-end special. Merry Christmas, my friend.

    Love ya,
    D.

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    • uju December 25, 2015 / 8:58 am

      Merry Christmas, Diana.
      Peace and light to you and yours 🙂

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  3. D'Dream December 16, 2015 / 11:06 pm

    Amen giving the fact of political and economic shrunk around. Looking forward to your next post!
    What’s happening to in search of perfect hair, probably you have if perfected now or ………

    Wishing you merry Christmas and happy new year in advance. I don’t particularly too excited about Christmas. The era of ages uncles and aunties, chores and dishes washing😖

    Guess its good to look at the brighter side just counting my room ceiling. Ts been long I did that though😀

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    • uju December 20, 2015 / 6:42 pm

      “What’s happening to in search of perfect hair, probably you have if perfected now”—
      I was so close to having the most perfect hair in womandom, until harmattan came and dried out my strands 🙂

      As for Christmas, let’s say like you, I’m not too thrilled with the idea of clearing dishes either 😉 But we’ve been called to serve, and if cooking for an extended family with firewood *crosses self*, washing dishes the length of the Kilimanjaro, or just ceiling staring is termed ‘serving’ we’ll do it with joy.

      Wishing you the best of the year and the one to come 🙂

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      • D'Dream December 20, 2015 / 6:50 pm

        Awww! 😥😦. Oh why? 😩😩. It wont be long though till the weather changes. Guess you are already at villa now? Thanks for reminding me tha about servitude. Wished you merry Xmas and new year in advance here from the top of my heart😇🎈🎈🎄🎄

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        • uju December 20, 2015 / 7:00 pm

          Nah, Lagos still has me. I’m looking forward to the end of harmattan, but at the same time glad we’ve had this much in Lagos. I’ve experienced a persistent harmattan in Lagos like this before.

          Thank you 🙂

          P.S What’s your real name?
          Went to hunt down your blog and found out you’d removed it. That’s sad.

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          • D'Dream December 20, 2015 / 7:12 pm

            So sorry😦. I actually change the name of the blog which led to the former one being rendered unresponsive.

            Real name is Immanuel and I currently blogs at http://www.thedreamconvo.WordPress.com.

            Thanks for informing me about this🙌

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            • uju December 20, 2015 / 7:59 pm

              You’re welcome. Just attach this one to your name instead so anyone who clicks will be directed to your blog 🙂
              Thanks for the link, Immanuel.

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              • D'Dream December 20, 2015 / 8:08 pm

                Okay, thanks very much my lady😜😇

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  4. Prosper B. Wealth December 15, 2015 / 10:32 pm

    The Christmas Season is here. The best thing we can do about it is to be grateful for our 2015 blessings… and to enjoy the benefits of the dry weather. 🙂

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    • uju December 20, 2015 / 6:44 pm

      You’re prosper. Whatever happened this year was a necessary part of growing and becoming better.
      We will be hopeful and we will be joyful while at it.

      Best of the season to you and yours 🙂

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  5. ifemmanuel December 6, 2015 / 1:49 pm

    I see I’m not the only one who wants December to stop being selfish and spread its cheer to other months. Although, in recent years, even December has arguably been going through a cheer deficit. We’ll just have to keep praying to the prince of peace.

    Amen to lives filled with cheer.

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    • uju December 6, 2015 / 2:11 pm

      Oh it sure has. Last December was crap (I’m sorry Jesus.) This year though does seem to be getting back some of the cheer. I just hope it carries through as the year draws to an end 🙂

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    • uju December 5, 2015 / 12:22 pm

      Thank you. Wish you the best of the season 🙂

      Love xx

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  6. cisteksys December 2, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Sweaty pile welcome glad u are back on line

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    • uju December 3, 2015 / 8:57 am

      Lol @sweaty pile 😀
      Thanks. It’s good to be back.

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  7. olisakwerah December 2, 2015 / 7:38 pm

    I read this one with a fixed smile ‘cos it brought back fond memories. The Harmattan is my favourite season by miles- Mom says it’s because I was born in November. Me, I think it’s because it signaled the end of school session/promotion exams back then and ushered in the Long Vac.
    Growing up, Christmas was magical. The atmosphere, the get-togethers, the gifts and of course the Carols. I particularly loved Little Drummer Boy, Feliz Navidad, The 12 Days of Xmas, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Reindeer. I never got past the first two lines of Jingle Bells then…lol

    Very apt piece Uju & heartwarming too. Don’t u ever stop writing.

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    • uju December 2, 2015 / 9:32 pm

      Nostalgia? That’s a lot of memories, Olisa. Glad you feel this way.
      I don’t remember a time I was glad to leave school, but I do know I loved the few times we travelled to the village because my cousins would always be there.

      As for carols lol. The Little Drummer Boy gave me a helluva time to learn, but it’s one of my favorites, alongside this awesome carol I heard on tv this year. Oh God i don’t recall the name… but there was a lot of “ding dong” happening in the background. Ugh! I need to find that YouTube link! Think it’s called “Carol Of Bells”.
      Heard of Pentatonix? It’s an acapella group on YouTube. They’ve got this beautiful rendition of Little Drummer Boy, you’ll love it.

      Warmth and sunshine this season 🙂

      xx

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      • olisakwerah December 3, 2015 / 12:38 pm

        You loved school as a kid? That’s interesting! I’m sure ur primary school was nothing like mine. My best song was “Holiday is coming (2ice), No more morning bells, no more teacher’s whip………

        Yes I know Carol of Bells 🙂 and no iv never heard of Pentatonix but I’ll look them up..

        Thanks Angel Eyes…I wish you and yours all the joy and good tidings that Christmas brings.

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        • uju December 3, 2015 / 4:11 pm

          Lol no. I was made to love school as a kid. It was rare to miss school and I got to go even when sick. Yep, meet my dad 😀

          Thank you xx

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  8. George December 2, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    I have so missed you here, Uju and these words are an example of why. You have taken the sentiments of what this month brings to many lives and expressed them eloquently, as is you way. Thank you for this early Christmas gift. Stay well and enjoy this beautiful season.😊

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    • uju December 2, 2015 / 9:23 pm

      Thank you, George. Your kind words always warms my heart.
      Wish you the best of the season and blessings to you and yours 🙂

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  9. A.PROMPTreply December 1, 2015 / 3:34 pm

    Wouldn’t that be nice….to be able to redistribute some of this cheer and energy to those laggy months that need them? And oh what writing this is……ponderous and hopeful. Well done.

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    • uju December 1, 2015 / 9:31 pm

      Thank you 🙂 Wish you the best of the month.

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  10. makagutu December 1, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    May your lives be filled with all the cheer December brings. You same

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    • uju December 1, 2015 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks darling 🙂

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      • uju December 2, 2015 / 9:20 pm

        It’s good to be back again, Mak. I’ve missed you 🙂

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  11. Lizzieebunoluwa December 1, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    I love you!!!! This is a gazillion shades of perspicacious. The reality your words paint(the last two paragraphs!!!!) is soooo tangible, its literally invigorating.
    Thank you.

    Praying you the dividends of the hope and cheer that Christmas brings.

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    • uju December 1, 2015 / 9:30 pm

      That’s some word Lizzie 😀
      Thank you sooooo much. Much love.

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