10 tips for the 2021 festive season
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10 tips for the 2021 festive season

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Christmas and the end of year festive season is here once again. You might not have been bitten by the Christmas bug yet but it wouldn’t be long before that happens. Here are 10 tips for the 2021 festive season that will help you plug in fully into the celebrations.

1). You don’t need to break the bank to celebrate
People tend to associate this season with wild spending. Many people fritter away their savings for the year and go into debt all because they don’t want to be left out.
There’s nothing wrong in buying the expensive items, wining and dining up and down this season as long as you have the financial resources to do so. However, you must remember to cut your coat according to your cloth.
Jesus Christ was a simple man while on earth so while you wait for Santa Claus to fly in through your chimney with the goodies, you can have a modest celebration with your bowl of soaked garri and groundnuts if that is all that you have. All you need is to have the right spirit.

2) Adjust your food choices, become a vegetarian.
The world is going green. You too should follow the trend. Try out a vegetarian diet this season for a change. We should give chickens, cows, goats, pigs etc some reprieve this year.

Let go of the calories packing fried chicken, beef, goat meat & pepper soup, alcoholic drinks, and settle for some succulent vegetables, fruits and nuts. Munch on carrots, green peas, groundnuts, cabbage, salad, fruits, potatoes, yams. You can wash them down with some chilled homemade apple, orange, pineapple and guava fruit juices.

3). Lonely isn’t always boring
The festive season is a season of love and sharing. It could be depressing celebrating Christmas as a single and lonely individual. You may not have someone to go dashing through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh, over the hills and laughing. You may be green with envy seeing couples snuggling up together, walking hand in hand, laughing and doing some fun Christmas themed activities together. You should put that behind you.

If you are away from home, away from your family, try and reach out to people staying around you. Go to public places like open-air parks, Christmas concerts and events, etc, where you can meet and hang out with other single people. You can strike an acquaintance there and before you know it, you would be caught up in a whirlwind romance.
Christmas is the perfect time to fall in love. If there’s someone who has been asking you out all through the year, now is the time to say ‘Yes’ to the person and experience the magical power of love. This is one of the important tips for the 2021 festive season.

4). Don’t be a Scrooge
In Charles Dickens Christmas classic story: “A Christmas Carol”, Mr Ebenezer Scrooge the meanest and most miserly man ever created had to be visited by three Christmas ghosts before he saw the folly of his miserly lifestyle and changed for good.
You don’t need to wait for ghosts to visit you before you change your miserly lifestyle. If you are the type who would rather die than part with a few coins, now is the season to let go and start giving.
Give out your money, help someone in need, send a recharge card to someone, clothes, food and other material items. Why waste and throw away food when you can package it and hand it out to the poor family down the street?
You can also give your time to people. Most people just want someone to talk to.
However if after reading this piece and you still refuse to change, then expect a surreal visit from apparitions tonight.

10 tips for the 2021 festive season

5). Family is everything
Family is everything. Never lose sight of this fact. When everyone runs away from you when you face certain life challenges, they are the ones who would stand with you till the end. If you are not on good terms with your family members, this festive season is the time to mend fences.

6). It doesn’t hurt to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Exchanging season’s greetings is a sign of politeness, friendship, and good neighbourliness.

It is “Merry Christmas” not “Mary/marry Christmas”.
You can be forgiven if you interchange the words when exchanging vocal pleasantries because they sound almost alike but you shouldn’t mix them when texting.

For Pete’s sake, it is “compliments of the season”, not “complement of the season”.
For the love of Christ, the reply to “Merry Christmas and happy new year” is, “Same to you” not “Shame to You”.

7. You don’t have to text happy new year to everybody on your phone address book
I don’t know how to put this across without sounding standoffish or snobbish but if the only time you remember someone is on the first day of every year via a forwarded happy new year text message, then you really don’t need to have the person’s phone number.
If you can stay for 12 months in this age of social media without contacting me then don’t send me a happy new year message on New year’s day because I won’t give you a reply.

8). Let the kids play
Jesus loves little children. When his disciples tried to drive the young ones away, Jesus rebuked them and drew the kids to himself.
If you are a parent with kids, you should let them have the Christmassy experience. Buy Christmas carol albums, play them in the house and let your children watch, listen to and sing along to the carols. Buy Christmas trees and décor, and fix them in your houses. Allow your children to attend Christmas parties and fun activities in school, church and other places. Most importantly, buy them new clothes.

9). Don’t be a wet blanket
You don’t believe in Christmas? Do you believe it is a pagan festival? Fine, you don’t believe that Jesus Christ was born on 25th December? Okay, you are entitled to your opinion. But please don’t run amok condemning others who choose to believe in and celebrate Christmas. Don’t come preaching when someone is happily devouring his/her Christmas meal

10). Ensure you send a Christmas gift to Mr Leroi, the writer

This is very important 🙂

I hope these 10 tips for the 2021 festive season serves as a guide and help you navigate through this period seamlessly.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Iniobong Leroi Umoh is a storyteller, a satirist and creative writer. He blurs the line between reality and fiction and seeks to create a connection with the reader through engaging content. His works have been featured across various online and offline platforms. He hopes to one day travel around the world on a luxury yacht, sipping expensive wine and documenting all his experiences in a journal. You can send him a mail at infoleric@gmail.com.

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