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THE CHRISTMAS WIND

By: Chika Osuji

The atmosphere is here again!! Loading and rolling down to our spines. Unfolding like the far distant clouds above our heads. And Heaven echoes with angelic artistries of crystal mixtures tinted blue and greyish hues, as the skies get brighter. Gentle breeze moves around, hissing in our ears as if there are more messages from paradise.
The trees and flowers signal their greenish members to giggle to the sound, as if their tilting is not enough.

The countdown has begun. At the root of it all is humanity and a month to celebrate kindness. The celebration is not just for fun, but spiritual. It is notably for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. He is respected by many, called by various names, still, His name is above all other names. Christmas celebration as it is generally known and celebrated all over the world, has no equal. It is an annual festival, a celebration among billions of people around the world. It is the most popular and widest religion observed celebration on earth. Even, those that are not Christians one way or the other are affected by it. To some people, it is a time to travel, visit their loved ones, parents, brothers and sisters, and other relatives. A period for gifts, vacations, marriage, house warming, family get together, symbolic decorations, feasting, church services, etc.

There are so many arguments and angles to the true date of the birth of Jesus Christ. However, the most popular date of His birth is celebrated annually, is on December 25th. Some sects do not believe in such celebration as they feel that it is an error and a miscalculation to choose that particular date due to its historical base and originality, associated with the Pagan practice. The Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17 – 25. During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the weeklong celebration. The festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent “the lord of misrule”. Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week.

 

Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering the innocent man. Within this period, there were various forms of atrocities, widespread intoxication, human sacrifices, visiting house to house, while singing naked, rape and other sexual license. However, in the 4th century C E, Christianity imported saturnalia festival hoping to take the pagan masses in with it. Christian leaders succeeded in converting to Christianity large numbers of pagans by promising them that they could continue to celebrate the saturnalia as Christians. The problem was that there was nothing intrinsically Christian about saturnalia.

To remedy this, these Christian leaders named saturnalia’s concluded that December 25th to be Jesus Christ of Nazareth birthday. It is worthy of note that the early Christians who first observed the nativity on December 25th did not do so thinking that Jesus Christ was born in that month, but because the Heathens’ saturnalia was at that time kept in Rome and they were willing to have those pagan holidays metamorphosed into Christian holiday. These days, Christianity has gone far and beyond, spreading wide and digitally attracting more attention. This great festive holiday period bustles as local and foreign airports, train stations and motor parks are full.

Markets, supermarkets and stores get busy. Buying and selling heighten. As usual, bars, snacks spots, and hotels get more businesses. The wheels of every country’s economy greased up for this singular celebration. Pockets are filled, and pockets get leaked at this period. More money, more spending. No one is left out, even, when the economy looks pale, and twisting the pockets of many, deliberate efforts are made to make way for ones’ joy and for family and friends. Christmas period has deep roots in our nation’s sense of tradition and celebration. Happy Christmas.

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