Celebrating the big day of the festive season by taking a trip down memory lane, expressing gratitude and well wishing nothing but optimism and reflection to one and all. —
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First and foremost I’d like to express gratitude that I made it to another year because as you’ve heard numerous times across multiple episodes, I had that thing that I don’t want to name because there’s a new strain of it that’s doing the rounds and it has a name that reminds me of a super villain from transformers.
I’d also like to express gratitude for the schools that have re-dubbed their celebrations “Christmas” everything rather than in my days back in the early ‘90s when they stripped all christmas festivities to be the Winter Fair. It just weren’t the same. Yes I believe in an inclusive society and diversity of culture but bruh…
Christmas is the bedrock of western society, Jesus is celebrated in all of the major religions in some shape or form ie in Islam he is known as Issa Ibn Mary, Jesus was also Jewish and as Christ loosely translates to becoming illuminated I guess the birth of the prophet can run parallel relations to the winter equinox and then the festivals of light such as Diwali and maybe Hanukkah -however the latter commemorates the recapturing of Jerusalem but you know the reach.
I’m also going to take a moment to acknowledge the Jehovah’s Witnesses who were often locked up in a classroom whilst all the Christmas festivities were taking place. I can see it as clear as day, all of you lot sitting in that cold dark classroom overlooking and hearing all the fun we were having outside. Come to think of it it must of been like watching the Israelites do all sorts of debauchery and idolatry whilst Moses was up at the moment, not to mention the many who would taunt you whilst you were stuck there. I can honestly say I weren’t that person however I understand as kids we could all be little shits so maybe I’ve buried the scene and remixed it to one where I’d offer to get you lot snacks etc.
Big up the Jehovah’s sed way because my cousins were all up in the kingdom too. It was a mazza to be honest because when we were all at grannies getting pressies, stuff would just pass them. However if my memory serves me correctly I believe my Aunty Bev will still give them something on the sneak as that’s how much of a lovely lady she is.
Big up Gleenwood Road and Elgar Christmas’, shout to all the cousins and extended fam who passed through, big up anyone no longer with us who used to be at the functions with us: Granny Olive and her husband Arthur, cousin Assan, Derek and all the names in the big list of Christmas honours. On the recent visits sending RIPs to Nanma Bess, Uncle Donald and Dean, Aunty Joy and also big up the Elgar legend that was number 20’s Frank Cook, Miss Jennifer and Miss Lucille from number 6.
Out to everyone keeping the secret of Father Christmas and spreading the message of kindness, togetherness and reflection during the latter months. To all the kids who go around their primary schools and neighbourhoods telling people that Christmas aint real, stop spoiling it for everyone else. To all the grinches out there who say they hate Christmas because of the consumerism, cool, I understand but see it from the holistic perspective that it’s the only time of year that we’re on the same page regardless of race, culture or faith -in the western society anyway, we are all more pensive and charitable. That’s the message of Christmas. It’s all about the gratitude.
To be honest, this episode ain’t really about Christmas as much as it is about expressing gratitude, so what are you grateful for?
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I am Khalid Omari and you’ve been listening to the 0-800-Yo-Fam Whatever Innit podcast.
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