Chimezie Udechukwu took a different route with his entry by exploring the theme ‘Christmas in Summer.’ We love the creativity in this entry, and of course the message. Enjoy.
I am dreaming of a White Christmas. Just like the ones I used to know. Where the tree tops glisten and children listen to Heels sleighing in the snow. . . Jim Reeves
When we imagine the beauty of the golden sun in contrast with the pristine nature that the snow confers on us during winter when Christmas is celebrated, we can then understand the beauty of a Christmas in summer.
I love that song because it makes us wish for the best of the season even in the face of daunting economic challenges. The Christmas dream is such that when we reach out to people, share our possessions, love genuinely and kill every form of greed then we can all achieve a truly White Christmas as we used to know.
This idea of Christmas in summertime first came to me in 2010; fresh out of College I attended the World Summer Camp organized by the International Youth Foundation, IYF. I had registered with Students Without Borders. It was my first time outside the country as the event was held at the very beautiful and majestic Palais De Congress, Cotonou Benin Republic.
One of the high points of the one week camp was a musical titled “Christmas in Summer”, a very impressive Choral group based in New York but with Korean origin. Oh the whole show was magical! The lights, props, vocals and above all, the message – giving; was absolutely thrilling!
Now since my childhood days I have heard the song White Christmas and growing up, I dream of a Christmas of love, of peace, of sharing, of mutual respect, of family unity. A Christmas of plenty; where there are no long queues in our fuel stations [common sight in Nigeria during festive periods], where food prices are affordable to all…
We are on this earth because of the various gifts we bear, and the need to gift these presents to the world is important. I have come to learn that we have been called to live quintessential evidenced by the gifts we bear and what she share.
Christmas affords us the opportunity to let people benefit from us, more so does Summer. There is joy in sharing the fun, contentment in helping others achieve their dreams and satisfaction in the smiles that gifts brings to the faces of beneficiaries. You can guide the trend of how people would talk about you when you are gone, especially while you are alive.
In the movie “Annie”, we see that girl who wouldn’t give up the search for her parents despite being in the ‘system’. Annie was loved by all not just because she was smart, witty and charming; No. Her kindness marked her out hence the happy ending through her adoption by Mr. Stacks who saw her as a Christmas gift come early in Summer.
You could say she shared Christmas even during summer, and she wasn’t wasteful about it. Even in your worst condition, there is something you can give. It need not be material; the gift of hope, of faith, of charity is sublime!
Chimezie Judemary Udechukwu is a fun loving, deeply intuitive young man. With a background in Political Science, Peace and Conflict Resolution, he believes in the development of the young for future success. He speaks, comperes, volunteers and blogs at www.ojisi.com