Yes, its shocking even to me but its the only logical explanation. Let’s look at the facts-
- No endless jingles played by every music vendor on every street from the start of October till date
- No annoying colleague or friend seizing every and any opportunity to remind you the year is at its end and wishing you any number of things for the holiday (even my new month messages didn’t carry that addition)
- No noise ANYWHEREEEEE
As a self appointed investigator of the matter (the Nancy Drew kind) I declare this mystery solved! THERE IS NO CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR. At least not in my part of lagos…
To some, that would be a very unpleasant news but to the vast majority of other Nigerians, reports have shown (adjusts glasses) that this development will be like a glass of cold water on a sunny afternoon. Let us review the evidence…
In my interview with people (yup, just like candid camera) I first came across persons I’ll categorize as ‘a large group of Christians’. These vehemently opposed the change and even termed it (ummm, what’s that thing Jesus was accused of) blasphemy??!!?? treason??!!?? Something like that. Some didn’t mind much if we forgot to do it this year though, like a worldwide amnesia, but they felt cancelling it had something to do with 666. Don’t ask me, no idea.
Then there was this other group of Christians, who’s opinion was that the holiday really has nothing to do with Jesus, has pagan origins, is pagan, disturbs the peace…on and on they went.
So i left the ‘o so religious’ persons and spoke to the workaholic uncles, daddys, sons and guardians, the ones that actually pay for the holiday and all they did was breathe a sigh of relief. So much money would be saved! In my opinion, Penny pinchers!!!
So I dug deeper still… What is this celebration? Why do so many hold it in such high esteem? Can long standing traditions be so easily changed based on religion/finance/sheer nonchalance? Why the controversy among said Christians? Well, I have my information on the issue, but publishing it would be extremely controversial. Thank God we have google.com and jw.org to help usget both sides of the story. So there you have it(removes glasses and wipes off sweat) if you dont celebrate this holiday because you think God doesnt want you to, i’m sure he’s happy with you, if you do, for the same reasons, put on your dancing shoes and get your groove on. Do whatever makes you happy, stand for your beliefs/traditions, have a truckload of fun in the process. Cheers!!!