Tuesday, 15 December 2015

LIGHTS, CAMERA, CHRISTMAS...



This is not  particularly fashion post but then again, Christmas has inspired a lot of fabric creations. Yep, its that time of the year and Christmas is already fluttering its wings in the air,causing joyful ripples in the hearts of many. Funny how a place is literally lit up by the sheer idea of Christmas. Remember that chubby white bearded man we all have grown to love and see as the iconic representation of Christmas? YES, FATHER CHRISTMAS. Well I thought long and hard and wondered, what Christmas look like if we were not handed the image with which to define the season. But then again, what is Christmas? I think it’s more, yeah, more than the blinking lights of many, many colours with a towering plastic or freshly harvested Christmas trees. I must say I am particularly fascinated by the tree-why does it have to be such with a bust of decoration dripping all over it? 
What truly is the essence of Christmas beyond the tradition of lights? Randomly I asked a few people what Christmas means to them, Theoretically, Pictorially and summed in one word.

"For a long time, Christmas meant a time when I had to endure the bad Christmas dresses and awesome white rice and stew my mother made. As time went by and I understood what it meant to have a relationship with God, I understood Christmas to mean a time when the most miraculous event in the world took place; when God took the position of man in order to elevate him to the position of God. It is still a mystery that I am trying to unravel, but these days, I look forward to Christmas because I love the contemplation of the love of a God who didn’t give up on his own children.
I’m not sure I would like to replace Christmas with any other word. It’s perfect for me
I would paint the portrait of a father cradling a baby in his arms standing in front of a burning house. Too many times the portrait of mothers with babies abound, taking away the true essence of fatherhood."...Estrella Gada

"Christmas is family time, when everyone come back home as we share thoughts and stories that have resounded throughout the year. If I had to replace Christmas with one would it would definitely be Family and for a picture, well, I would draw the barbecue grill at the back space of our family house, steaming with a nice turkey and my siblings chilling around"...Ijeoma Obi

Christmas is FAMILY; the tearing down of borders to be with the ones you love, sharing memories and good food. For one word I would say Family and my picture would definitely be a picture of my Family...Nwandy Jen

Christmas for me is a replay and a reminder of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. If I were to replace Christmas with a word it would be LOVE and a Christmas tree would be my pictorial representation. “...Joy Yakubu


"As a child, Christmas meant new clothes (a dress with a hat n purse), pictures, hairstyles I wouldn’t make ordinarily, moving from one friend's house to another and stuffing my purse with my Christmas money - mints. Now, it means basically, a time to reconnect with my family, friends and smile more. My other word for Christmas would be 'Love’, people actually give more than they can imagine at Christmas, to known and unknown persons. I'd draw a people from different tongues and tribes, rich and poor, young and old together feasting and tearing chicken thighs with love". Eliye EkeneChukwu

Spectacular views wouldn't you say? Well for the most part, my childhood Christmas was characterized by walking in a pack with  friends , moving from one another's house, chewing on the graceful meaty beauties-Beefs or chicken, lol. But now, it is a day of EPIPHANY, a transfiguration, a road to NEWNESS. A summation of Spiritual beauty and world salvation.

Fashion is not far from this though, Christmas is as much a muse as every other glorious gift from God. Hayden Williams, a London based fashion illustrator and designer makes this very eminent. 

 

 

 

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DID YOU KNOW...?

Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Just as people today decorate their homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees, ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.
In the Northern hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year falls on December 21 or December 22 and is called the winter solstice. Many ancient people believed that the sun was a god and that winter came every year because the sun god had become sick and weak. They celebrated the solstice because it meant that at last the sun god would begin to get well. Evergreen boughs reminded them of all the green plants that would grow again when the sun god was strong and summer would return.
The ancient Egyptians worshiped a god called Ra, who had the head of a hawk and wore the sun as a blazing disk in his crown. At the solstice, when Ra began to recover from the illness, the Egyptians filled their homes with green palm rushes which symbolized for them the triumph of life over death.
Early Romans marked the solstice with a feast called the Saturnalia in honour of Saturn, the god of agriculture. The Romans knew that the solstice meant that soon farms and orchards would be green and fruitful. To mark the occasion, they decorated their homes and temples with evergreen boughs. In Northern Europe the mysterious Druids, the priests of the ancient Celts, also decorated their temples with evergreen boughs as a symbol of everlasting life. The fierce Vikings in Scandinavia thought that evergreens were the special plant of the sun god, Balder.
Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.


         Do have your selves a FASHIONABLY blessed Christmas and a Joy-filled New year

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