Merry Christmas when it come


December 21, 2016
Contributed Children of Mark Lane in downtown Kingston, enjoy themselves during their annual Christmas treat hosted by the Houses of Parliament in Kingston

Owen Blakka Ellis

A brethren just threatened to hail me up by slapping me with a bag full of onion, garlic, scallion and thyme.

When I asked why, him laugh and tell me that it's Christmas time so that's his way of sharing 'seasoned greetings'.

Man can silly so? Of course, I had to join him and buss a big hearty, belly laugh.

Yeah folks, it's that time again! We're rapidly approaching the end of another year. Market getting busy and everything getting dear.

Friends and family are now happily gathering from far and near. Suddenly, more laughter and happy chatter seems to be floating everywhere.

Every other car that pass me now, have nuff loud music a blare. And everybody seems to be filled with the spirit of holiday fun and cheer.

But trouble and trauma still deh bout, and we've already had more than our fair share. We really don't need any more violence and disaster round here.

So mek wi celebrate responsibly and exercise more genuine care. Please mi a beg unnu, be careful, yu hear!

Here's a next thing, try do more giving than receiving this year nuh. Don't pressure people for present like it's your birthday man. You nuh name Jesus!

I don't personally believe Jesus Christ was born on December 25 but this season is about celebrating the birth of the Lord, right? So let's give Him the gifts.

If a gunman stick me up right now and say 'your money or your life', I would smile and tell him that him salt, because I have no money and I already gave my life to the Almighty.

As Pastor Lynval Lewis reminded me in our monthly workplace devotional session on Monday, Psalm 116 asks and answers a key question in verses 12 and 13: "What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord".

Yes peeps, strictly deh so me deh this year!

I'll also be focused on spreading the good medicine of laughter!

So have a cherry Christmas and ackee new year!

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