Christmas is around the corner. It is all about celebrating the birth of Jesus the Christ, founder of the Christian religion.
But, was Jesus born on December 25? This is a story for another day. I do not want to generate controversy here.
Meanwhile, all over the world, people are planning, shopping, visiting and travelling in preparation for Christmas celebration.
It is a time to share love, joy, food, drink, laughter and good wishes among friends and foes.
Please, let us forget our differences and unite in deep prayer and meditation for world peace at this time. It will add more value to humanity.
In Lagos, Nigeria preparation for the celebration is on. Markets are stocked with Christmas items like caps, clothes, wine and foods.
There is tension around markets, schools, streets, churches, banks, hospitals, etc.
Work without rest is not good for the body. Therefore to maintain our health balance, we must work, play, sleep and refresh. Christmas celebration is a time to dine, wine and be happy.
But, we must also use this time to reflect, take stocks and moderate our thought, words, and deeds. Excess of everything, Christmas or no Christmas is bad. This very celebration will not last forever. It comes up once every year.
There is nothing wrong in saving for Christmas celebration. It is okay and acceptable. But, it is wrong to borrow or steal money in order to buy drink, food and gifts to impress your family, relations, friends, colleagues.
I suggest you do not allow yourself to be blackmailed or put under pressure by anyone because of Christmas. After the celebration, it is you alone that will clean up the mess and pay the debts. Your friends, relations, colleagues and others will simply move on with their lives.
Remember that January is not far from December. After the celebration, some of us will be broke. But, if we put some money down, we may likely use the money to survive January and other months in the new year.
Jesus the Christ, founder of the Christian religion was not born December 25. But, it is okay to celebrate his birth at this point in time, since the world has accepted this for centuries. Who am I to change it.
As mystics all over the world know, this is a time to pray, contemplate and meditate for peace in the world. It is a period to attune for love, light, life, harmony, unity and health. May the good LORD bless our celebrations.