Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas for Africans

It amazes me endlessly how an arbitrarily selected date in history has become a principal religious festival – breaking through (and crushing) cultures North and South, East and West. Nobody knows when Jesus was born – do you? He did not ask the early Christians to do anything to mark the moment of his birth. It is not necessarily wrong – or right – to toast the season. It is just curious. 

The date was hand-picked for reasons of war and peace, empire and power, the State and the Church – no more. And, in Africa, we have seized Christmas as our own, and get more drunk on it than the greedy explorers who exported it here.

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  1. Trust Mr Anti-Rhythm to find a different angle on Christmas from others. Thought-provoking.

  2. I LOVE the way you think... my sentiments exactly.

    What amazes me endlessly is the amount of time spent pre- 'the big day' in preparation, buying gifts, preparing a meal and yet, I hear little of the appreciation of the simplest of things...
    The sunshine, the smile on a child's face that lights the room, the precious time together that should be deeevine... which is now consumed by rushing, moving, shopping, wrapping, cooking, eating...
    "There are moments in every day that hold perfection in their midst...
    those are the moments I treasure most,
    when all about me appear to have misunderstood what perfection actually is." (written by Me and lived by Me)

  3. Loving this black Jesus.

  4. Kwame Mensa-Bonsu26 December, 2010

    So much bother for just one day. Let it have any meaning that you want, i say! As for me i celebrate Christ's birth everyday, so 25th December is a welcome holiday in preparation for the 31st! That is the day!

  5. You know i share similar thoughts

  6. Kwame Mensa-Bonsu27 December, 2010

    Good man!


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