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Christmas Freshness!


You won’t believe that I have not listened to one Christmas song this season. I am totally poorly prepared for Christmas very bad.

My Bible reading software even suggested I followed a reading plan to prepare my heart for the season. I refused. I goofed at that chance.

Today, however, I reached a milestone when I decided to bring down my Christmas tree from the corner it was hiding and put in a more conspicuous corner.  For two reasons. Firstly,  to put Christmas in view. And secondly, to place the gifts already received,  and those soon to be received under the Christmas tree.

‘Why,’ you may want to ask, ‘have you not been in the mood for Christmas?’

It is easy: over here, in Russia, Christmas is a second degree celebration, which takes place, if at all, on the 7th of January.

Secondly, work and. Studies go on as usual until around the 28th when one must have done the semester’s work and is preparing for the examinations.

So on Christmas Tuesday, I might actually be somewhere trying to secure my daily bread or possibly on campus trying to get a grade or two. Varies.

But even at that I will be foolish to let this season come and go without thanking God for keeping me alive till this date, and also for sending His son to this world – an incomprehensible event made more profound by the fact that Jesus himself is God. That is to say, God came to die for you and me. Take a minute and let that sink in.

I was supposed to write, ‘Jesus is God’ on my facebook wall at least 25 times so all my friends and I can remember that indeed He is the son of God, and God himself!

That understanding is very important as ‘he who is not prepared to worship Jesus as God should not dream of entering Heaven.’

Back to Christmas! Have you given anyone a gift in this season yet? If you haven’t, please do! Give to everyone, both those you know will repay you those you know can’t. The idea is to by putting a smile on someone’s face this season. ‘I don’t have money,’.  I hear someone murmuring. Granted, no money, but you still can write a poem for someone and tuck it into their suit pocket. Do something fresh!

Personally, my gift tree is down. Very down and I am ready to receive those gifts.

More so, with the New Year in view, it is important that you do not hurry into 2013. Find time to sit down by yourself, and pray and plan for the New Year. That will enable you and me to lay off the burden of 2012 and enter the New Year as freshly as possible.

You could choose to do that via prayer and fasting. Just so that your body, soul and spirit will be in tandem prepare to enter the New Year. That is a good time to speak life into the incoming year. To say what you want to see. Remember, ‘Believing is seeing!’

Nonetheless, find time to have some fun.

Across the world, I hear some people already dancing to ‘Long time ago in Bethlehem…’ and ‘Jingle bells Jingle bells…’

I must not miss out on the season. No! Not me!

And so, I have youtube-d some Christmas songs.

‘The weather outside is frightful
and the fire is so delightful…’

Let’s get the season started.

Don’t lag behind!

And before I forget, let me wish you a Merry Christmas and a Fresh New Year!

Phew! I feel like I’ve done something now.

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Ike Amadi

Author of the book Do Something! I am an advocate of all things #fresh. I want to see you become a #dosomethingperson.

  • famuyide olawale

    Nice, I haven’t even had time to think about christmas, I believe this is a reminder of who we are celebrating.

    • Yes yes….succinct reminder. Thanks for reading.

  • kemi

    yes,,,Christ is the reason for the season.

  • romeo boaheng

    we are indeed in a country where christmas has been relegated to the background or even if celebrated ,on a totally non biblical basis. There is no time now to flinch backwards ,christians have to stand firm and help spread the good news about christmas . God bless you my brothera and merry christmas to you too.

    • Amen…merry Christmas to you too : )

  • zebbook

    Christmas is always, always a special period for me. Period in that it goes beyond the very day itself. The entire period is succinct for reflection on a year coming to an end, and I always have reasons to be grateful to God. I have received a few gifts already, and I hope to send out as many as possible myself, who knows, I might even extend my Santa tentacles to Russia 🙂

    Merry Christmas bro.

    • hahaha..

      I will be waiting…but you don’t have my address : )

  • Funmi

    Okay…the giving of poems as gift part is so fresh… I like it! Although Christmas is obvious in Nigeria already, it’s still important to remind people of the reason for the season… Merry Christmas to you too bro!

    • Thanks dear…wish I can give you a Christmas hug.

      here…*Christmas hug*

      • Funmi

        Hmmm… I’m returning the Christmas hug.. Hope you can feel it:-)

  • HBrother. , thanks for reminding us. Furthermore, we should not forget the CHRIST in Christmas. He is the reason…

  • @Topsyken

    Do Something,put a smile on someone’s face. Be a blessing. Merry Christmas.

  • keshi

    Ah Yes yes. Can’t believe I didn’t think of the poems…I’m not to good with them though… Merry Christmas to you my brother. GOD bless you.