Osahon Ize-Iyamu believes that the magic of Christmas doesn’t come from hosting parties, looking under the Christmas tree and hoping for presents. He believes that the magic of Christmas is in the little moments of self-care. That’s absolutely profound. Enjoy Osahon’s entry…and did we tell you he’s just 14 years old! Now you know 🙂
In order to truly enjoy the holiday season, you have to immerse yourself in the tidal wave of unending cheesiness, because there’s magic in the air, tiny fragments that move across the sky, filling you with a sense of joy so immeasurable and pure.
A few years ago, my ‘best Christmas ever’ was when my mother allowed me to have two drinks, as opposed to the norm. It was such a small thing, and she said it as an after thought, but my heart leapt mountains, soaring.
I like to read during Christmas these days. People find it so strange, that on such a wonderful day, with the aura of festivity in the air, I settle down with a novel in my laps. But to me, it’s magic. As I watch the words move on the page, dancing in my eyes, I feel graceful.
The holiday is a complete turn around. The lights go up, bathing the world in colour. Songs, warm and fuzzy, cross into our hearts and make us smile. It’s corny, I know. But the idea is to finally experience the magic: the raw, untainted beauty amidst the noise.
The magic isn’t hosting Christmas parties that stress you out, making you run up and down and increase your blood pressure. The magic isn’t looking through your wallet and crying, because Christmas can’t be what it is without a bag of rice. The magic isn’t looking under the Christmas tree and forcing people to buy things for you. You won’t find it in the hallways of pricey shops advertising their exorbitant goods—falling into the hands of consumerism, only to suffer afterwards.
The little fragments float around, filling the air, but you decide how you want the joy to impact your life. Most of all, Christmas is about the little moments of self care; the meaning of your happiness and not defined by others. That’s when the lights come on.
And the lights, they do shine for a reason…
Osahon Ize-Iyamu is a 14 year old author of literary and speculative fiction and has been writing since he was 9. He lives in Nigeria, where he is currently working on his first novel.
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