Of the Christmas Spirit
If you were having Christmas Spirit with me, it would be the early our of Christmas morning; just before anyone else woke up and the madness begun.
It’s the holiday season, don’t ask but I am drinking the Christmas Spirit in a Coffee mug while everyone else is is still sleeping lets just say as one late author of old once said on drinking that.. well, life is an operation and alcohol is an anesthetic or something to that effect… This is Operation Surviving Christmas when you are broke and single.
So many people have gotten married, engaged and dating this holiday season, social media kinda sucks if you are not in that group, jealously watching all those woke up someone’s spouse posts knowing when the trouble starts you will be asked, when you are getting hitched seeing all your friends are hitched…
If you were having Christmas Spirit with me, we would be feeling slightly guilty that our first order of business was to drink than to go church since Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Christ and yes we do know that he was not born on 25 December and texts by scholars claim that this was done as a substitute to pagan’s winter solstice celebrations, which had merry making and gift exchange…
Also what the heck was frankincense and myrrh? I know waht gold was.
The word Christmas is from Christes Maesse which means Christ’s Mass in Old English. One thing about having learnt at a Mission School is having a Catholic Sister like Sister Depache who drilled into us how we must never spell Christmas as Xmas; as if you were making Christ an Ex.
I never shorten the spelling of Christmas, granted I am not a huge fan of shorthand anyway, my love affair with words much rather prefers I spell each word right down to the very last syllable.
If you were having Christmas spirit with me, its ok you could have water or juice if you lucky to find it; its been a hard year and this year Christmas hasn’t quite felt like Christmas.
For starters this is one of the first Christmases I will spend without any of my siblings even though I will still be with family; finances and other things made it difficult to congregate. Its been an unwritten tradition as far back as I can remember but now; well everyone is wherever they are and I am here, writing about it.
I was in town, and then went to Mbare (Zimbabwe’s oldest highdensity suburb) on Christmas Eve to do some last minute shopping and I think its not just me, all of everyone is just tired of the state of
the nation, things.
So what does Christmas look like? Christmas looks like, Christmas movie marathons (if there’s electricity) and maybe a dinner slightly more colorful than usual… and maybe rain; it usually rains on Christmas day, but wouldn’t be surprised if didn’t, what better way to end a most unChristmas feeling holiday than this Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas movie marathons, any favourite movies?
I think of the top of my head I would say Die Hard. You could argue its not a Christmas movie and I wold argue its set during the Christmas season so hippie ki-yay…
Followed by the Home Alone movies…
How would Santa have here come when I don’t even have a Christmas card or any Christmas décor its almost like any day as usual were it not for the Christmas movies on TV as I wonder if loadshedding will kick in today or maybe the power utility company will let us have electricity on a full day….
I was today years old when I discovered NORAD ( North American Aerospace Defense Command) has an operation to track Santa Claus’s location as he delivers gifts using tech, radar and satellites in an operation called Big Red a “supplementary mission,” while protecting North American airspace remains NORAD’s “top priority.”
It all started back in 1955 when a typo on an advertising flyer led children to call NORAD number thinking it was Santa Claus and Colonel Harry Shoup who answered that he wasnt Santa but he could track its become a 65 year tradition.
Day 25 of 25 What does your Christmas look like (if you celebrate or not, since I have come to appreciate, the are some who have different views but hey its still holidays…. )
Merry Christmas love, light and laughter and blessings in the years to come
PS there’s still electricity wooty woo imagine that!