Christmas 2010;How it was for me III

Christmas was nice, every moment counted. With the hype and importance attached to this day on the calendar, one would be tempted to think that it’s or should be, longer than the rest. With its passing by, it gave way to Sunday 26th December. Another lovely church day. Church was great, the message for the day being ‘Unwrapping the gifts’. This was inline with the day, being boxing day.
Like me, you may not have received any gift boxes to unwrap.However, if you believe, you know you have the greatest gift ever given right there with you. The gift, ourLord Jesus Christ direct from the source of everything, awaiting to be unwrapped gratefully in acceptance into your heart. It was a churchful Christmas weekend. This Christmas, I celebrated the reason for this delightful season. Memories of Christmas 2010 will live on forever.

Christmas 2010; How it was for me II

Christmas Day

It’s 25th December at last, Christmas day! Happy Birthday Jesus! I didn’t have any other plans, but to go to Church for Christmas Day service. This is yet another first for me. Going to Church on Christmas day never occurred to me all these years. Service was great, I was so delighted to be in Church. I feel like all those years past are wasted years. I won’t waste time thinking of them though, they are long gone, and what I have is now. It’s now that this is happening and I want to bask in the joy of it all.

Went home after service, I thought I would sleep, so that the rest of the day would just pass by. Sleep wasn’t forthcoming in anyway, so I engaged in my pass time, tweeting, it’s become fun, I just love twitter. I then went on a calling spree, scrolling phone book and picking some people to call, I ran out of units, so I had to stop.

Thanks to my poor appetite, apparently zero appetite, I didn’t have any cooking plans.

What to do next? Can I ever just sit around doing nothing? The next thing I knew, I was doing some cleaning, washing the few dirty clothes and shoes that were there!

The sun was to be setting shortly, and Christmas day would be as good as over. I managed to have a few pictures of me taken to mark Christmas day late afternoon, before the day ended. Here’s me….

Felicity

Relaxed Christmas afternoon

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Christmas 2010, How it was for me

I had looked forward to this year’s Christmas weekend. It was to be a Christmas with a difference, of a kind. Set apart from all other Christmas celebrations I’ve ever had, for all the Christmases that have been, which are as many as my age. I am so glad for my present liberty. I’m happy that long gone are the days when, what to do, what should be, where to be, was to be dictated.  With that in mind I was set to have it my way, it was set to be a great one in it’s own unique way.

Christmas Eve

For all past years, I heard of Christmas Eve church service/ carols night, but I never had a chance to attend. This year round, there was the opportunity, with no hindrance to attend. In no way was I going to miss it! It was well diarized in my mind and I indeed looked forward to it.

The 24th December came, the hours passed by as I anticipated for the evening. Soon, Christmas Eve was at last with us. I set off for Church early enough, I didn’t want to miss a single second of the whole event of  the  ‘Christmas Eve Worship Experience.

The evening kicked off at a high note, and kept at that, a climax from beginning!

The music was amazing, led by a wonderful youth team, who all looked lovely in their costumes for the occasion. True to its word, it was really a wonderful Christmas Eve Worship experience, all very well coordinated.

The Christmas story retold and acted out was amazing, dubbed the ‘The Makuti Sofa’, simply put, a show of creativity.

Time came and the curtains were drawn for the evening performance. It was well over half an hour after the stipulated ending time, but it seemed as if it ended too soon. It appeared like everyone wanted more. It wasn’t a disappointment, not even for a split second.

I never had an experience such as this before. As I was there following the proceedings, I really felt that Christmas had meaning, thanks to my prevailing status religious and spiritual wise. I can only thank God for such an opportunity to attend a Christmas Eve service, the first in my life. It’s all for His glory.

 

. The music was amazing, led by a wonderful youth team, who all looked lovely in their costumes for the occasion. True to its word, it was a Christmas Eve Worship experience. It was all well coordinated.

Time came and the curtains were drawn for the evening performance. It was well over half an hour after the stipulated ending time, but it seemed as if it ended so soon. Appeared like everyone wanted more.

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Season’s Musings

Christmas, Christmas everybody sing,
But is it,
Christ-mass, Christ-mass everybody mean?
Merry Christmas, everybody says,
But what  form of merry, do they mean?
Is it the Mary-Jesus-Merry?
Is it really a Merry Christmas?
Merry for the core reason?
Happy holidays everybody says,
What about happy Holy-days?

©@FlicShis

Everywhere you Turn, Season’s Spirit

Ts everywhere you look,
At every direction you turn,
The pomp, colours and glitter
Oh!
And the lights!
All a display,
Of the season

All around you hear,
Lovely, mellow tunes,
Familiar and unfamiliar,
Christmas carols,
They are called,
You hum along,
You sing along,
These melodies of the season

From everyone you hear,
Happy holidays,
Merry Christmas,
Happy New Year,
Effortlessly,
You utter them,
The age old clichés,
Of the season

It’s that time of year,
You’d hardly miss,
To realize,
It sweeps you along,
It just gets you in tune
Ts time for celebrations,
Time of joy and happiness,
Time of great cheer,
Time to be jolly,
Time to make merry

As you celebrate,
As you delight in the season,
As you relish,
Season’s blissful spirits,
Remember the reason,
For the season;
Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

©@FlicShis

 

Ts everywhere you look,

At every direction you turn,

The pomp, colours and glitter

Oh!

And the lights!

All a display,

Of the season

 

All around you hear,

Lovely, mellow tunes,

Familiar and unfamiliar,

Christmas carols,

They are called,

You hum along,

You sing along,

These melodies of the season

 

From everyone you hear,

Happy holidays,

Merry Christmas,

Happy New Year,

Effortlessly,

You utter them,

The age old clichés,

Of the season,

 

It’s that time of year,

You’d hardly miss,

To realize,

It sweeps you along,

It just gets you in tune

 

Ts time for celebrations,

Time of joy and happiness,

Time of great cheer,

Time to make merry

 

As you celebrate,

As you delight in the season,

As you relish,

Season’s blissful spirits,

Remember the reason,

For the season;

Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Season’s Memories; How it used to be

It is the time of the year as such as this that I never looked forward to. Mhh? Yeah, if there are dates of the year I used to dread then it was between the 21st to the 27th of December that is the Christmas week. It used to be around such a time that I would be sad despite the festivities all around. Then I was just a small girl, but growing real fast. I used to be a happy girl, but come such a time as this of the year, sadness would take over.

It was to be decided for us (my siblings and I) where the celebrations would be at. Verdict, at our granny’s place, the one place I didn’t want to go to. We used to be so many of us, with so many other cousins but this was not my idea of how I should spend this so wonderful days of the year, looked forward to by many all year long. Unlike for our cousins, our mother used not to accompany us.  It was the same thing year in year out, Christmas in what appeared to have been the set norm.

I never liked it, not at all. ‘It would be fun being with cousins and away from home’, you would think, It was never interesting. I would even cry, to be excused to stay at home, with parents! No one would hear of it though. I had my likes, my preferences, but no one would listen. My pleas went unheeded, and so I would have to drag along with the rest. If there was anything to pacify me, it used to be that new dress which was a must have specially set for Christmas day!

We would be at our granny’s where the feasting would go on. A goat or two would go down come such a day like this 24th December, plus there would be a lot of cooking on 24th/25th, food and more food….

’ Is this all there is to Christmas, food in plenty and variety? ’ I would ask myself. Much as I would be amidst others doing all that there was to be done, deep within, I would be in my own world, escaping to my ideals of celebrations in my child’s mind then….

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Occupation Versus Preoccupation

I got an occupation, but it is my preoccupation that keeps the day rolling. With my occupation, I keep looking at my time piece wishing it would move faster. On the other hand when at my preoccupation, I wish time would just hold and move so slowly if it have to. My preoccupation is the subject of my dreams, hopes, ambitions.

I don’t feel effective as I should in my occupation, for my preoccupation steals a good portion of my mind all time….

If my preoccupation were to be my occupation, all my hours would have a ‘very constructive/productive’ tag on them. Besides I would be one of the happiest persons around actualizing their dreams which equal to utter bliss.

Until my preoccupation becomes my occupation, I have to struggle with the latter, as boring and unsatisfactory as it may be.

The journey to realizing my preoccupation, appears unending. I will keep my faith though, as I trend on this journey. It isn’t any easy…but there is the BIG picture to keep my  eyes on…it gets me going…

As I do this, it is my preoccupation ringing in my mind, taking  a break from the  occupation…..if only I didn’t have to get back to it……

©@FlicShis

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