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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Reasons Why I Look Forward To Christmas


I know. We are in a tensed political year. But I am not worried about anything. Actually, celebrating Christmas in an election year is super boring. I mean, everything is all about PO-LI-TICS. It’s Christmas people. Do not ever forget that at all.

I am always looking forward to Christmas. No matter where I am or no matter the time of the year, I am looking forward to it.

Why do I look forward to it? Well, apart from it being my birthday, and it being Christmas too, I have many other reasons.

It is the celebration of the birth of Christ, who came to atone for my sins.

I get to wander aimlessly at the mall. (Don’t judge me)


It’s the only time I get messages from some friends. (Hmmm! Some friends I have!)

It’s my birthday!

The smell of Christmas

I get to decorate, deck the halls.

The Christmas Music. The joy of listening to Christmas Songs (traditional, modern, the classics) 
alone can make you burst.

Food! Food! And FOOD!

The presents I receive

Giving gifts to the people I love

Being with family

Christmas trees

New outfits

Photoshoot

In the month of December, that’s the time when ripe plantain is in season.

The movies

The feeling of Christmas Eve when we sing Silent Night.

Glitter, glitter and more glitter



The nostalgic feeling of Christmas Pasts

The smell of freshly baked goodies


The use of Christmas Related Emojis (Silly ME)



The snowy things I get jealous of

What do you look forward to every Christmas???

p.s. Don't forget to get involved in this Christmas fun exercise. It is not too late to join. I invite the whole world to participate. Read more about it here

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

A Peek Into My Christmas Playlists


Hello world!

Let’s talk about Christmas music today! Hope you are having a nice day, anyways.

You can do Christmas without Christmas music. I mean, like how? Christmas without its music. 

That’s very empty.

I can’t say I know every Christmas song on earth since I claim I am the Christmas Princess……or Christmas Queen. *clears throat*

Because, this year was the first time I listened to I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.

Seriously. The version I listened to was by A Great Big World.

I’m serious.

To be clear here, it’s not part of my playlist though.

Hahaha.

Let’s get down to business.

Christmas music I normally listened to. I have hundreds and hundreds of them but I would only share a few of them. If I am supposed to talk about them, I would go on and on and on, and you will get bored. I can do that if you want. Yes? No? Ok?


Boney M’s Christmas Time. Every Ghanaian listens to this. Even if you do not have any Christmas collection, you have Boney M. They really know how to make you feel festive, making them popular in every home, in the markets, shopping malls, public places and even in trotros.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle choir. Perfect for early mornings. Their voices are heavenly.

Let me mention The Mormon Tabernacle Choir again, but this time, with other album, Let the Season In. This album even has some bit of Spoken Word in it. “Actually, I kept one of the drummers….my true love.”

Christmas Party Songs collection. We bought this CD more than ten years ago, and we play it every year. It’s has 25 Christmas songs on it perfect for any party, and also out and about duties.



The Vienna Boys Choir, Little Drummer Boy. A boys’ choir you’ll fall in love with. Perfect for early mornings, and church activities.

Mariah Carey’s Christmas songs are so good. You can also add more Christmas songs by Amy Grant, Martina MacBride, The Carpenters, The Jackson 5, Glee Cast, Taylor Swift, Josh Grabon and Justin Bieber.

I am actually searching for Kelly Clarkson’s Wrapped in Red album to add to my playlists.


Any other Christmas collection I should add?

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Poetry: The Holy Story


Enjoy this short poem I wrote in November about the story of the birth of the Christ Child.

I’m out and about!

See you tomorrow.

The Holy Story

The Holy Story is one of a kind
The young Virgin goes through child birth
To bring forth a child of no sin
To bring forth a child who was told of prophecy
On the dark night of long ago
The sky was starry
But it had the one star
That very star that led the wise men
To see a child who was gentle and mild
Sent from above, born in a manger

The angels sing Gloria! Gloria! Gloria!

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Filled with December


Hello world!

You are most welcome to my first Blogmas 2016 post. Hahaha. I can’t believe I typed that.

Anyway, happy new month! I am excited it’s December now. You know how much I love December because of so many reasons; my birthday, the feeling, Christmas, family, loved ones, food, music, and chaw chaw things.πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ I don’t want to bore you with them. πŸ˜

So, I am currently filled with December, and apparently, this weekend would be full of fun stuff, like bringing out the boxes of Christmas ornaments, and filling my planner of December things.


I have officially started blaring my life with Christmas music. I have created more than 3 Christmas playlists, which I don’t usually do, but I decided to make a change. I have gathered all my Christmas books and novels by my side, and I am on the Christmas movies scout, so please I am open to Christmas movies recommendations.

I did all of these this morning before coming to work, so I woke up super early. I am slowly waiting for the weekend to clear up, and do some changes and updates in my journal. More red, green, silver and gold in my surroundings.

Let December reign!!!

Boney M, are you there? What about you Piccadilly biscuits?
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#DecemberMiracles

p.s. I am participating in a festive fun exercise called LIGHTtheWORLD.  You can also participate no matter where you are, where you come from, or the church you attend. It’s for everyone and I invite you to participate.

It is about acts of kindnesses in 25 ways over 25 days. You can watch the initiative video here.

Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world.
John 9:5 ….I am the LIGHT of the world.

You can read more details here. It consists of videos and a calendar you can download to participate.
Share all your activities with the hashtag #LightTheWorld.


Let the festivity begin!!!

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Monday, 28 November 2016

A Grateful Heart


When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives
                ~President Gordon B. Hinckley

Hello world!


Sometimes, we become so busy, we do not notice the little things we should be grateful for. Some people think being grateful means, we should have enough money to buy food to eat, or clothes to wear. But gratitude is beyond that.

That is my opinion.

I think we should be grateful for this earth, for nature, for the peace we are experiencing. The laughter of children, the silly things they say, the rain. We should be grateful for the inner peace we personally enjoy, the air we breathe and many other things.


If I am to write a list of things I am grateful for, I might never end. The list is endless. As we grow, our way of showing gratitude, and knowing what to be grateful for, changes.

When I was a little girl, I used to be thankful for my toys, and family. Now, I am slowly learning about gratitude, and that will teach me not to be grateful for my nail polishes, but the Love, Grace and Mercy I experience each day.


This year, I am grateful for

  • The opportunity to inspire people during my internship
  • My creative writing soul
  • The lessons I learn during life’s trials
  • The friends who look out for me
  • The Restored Gospel
  • The Priesthood and the blessings attached to it
  • My family and their love and weirdness
  • For life in general

Let’s chat: What are you grateful for?




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Friday, 25 November 2016

Kelewele Date with Marietta (25/11/2016): O Come, O Come Emmanuel



Hello world!


Good morning and happy Friday! Today is Friday the 25th, which means two things;

  •       It is the last Friday of the month, which means, it’s time for kelewele date!
  •        It is almost the beginning of the Advent season, which is observed by some Christian churches to prepare and await for the preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”.

Which explains the title of today’s kelewele date. O come, O come Emmanuel…..


So, what are your plans for this year’s holiday season? Some of us are so concerned about the elections. Well, everyone is concerned, I know.

But…

This is me—story of my life

Please General Elections, don’t let your wahala take away the Christmas Spirit.

That’s what happened during the last general elections. Everything was in a mess, and it took the spirit away.

But I am not one who celebrates or observe the Advent, but it is fun counting down to Christmas.
Some Religious Bodies help us to count down to Christmas by giving us quotations and things to ponder upon.

My blogging game in November was not as expected. I was not feeling too well, so I took an involuntary break. But I am back, and healthy.

Miz Akwele of the Purple Shades Blog wrote an interesting bog post about the Art of PurchasingKelewele. You should go have a read. She wrote it very well and I love it. As for the time kelewele is being sold, I think it depends on the community. Whenever I’m in Winneba, you can only get kelewele after 6pm, but whenever I am in the neighbourhood I live in, in the city, you can get kelewele at 3pm. But she has a point, kelewele taste better when it is purchased in the night. I just don’t know why. It’s funny, you know.

O come, thou key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

This is one of my favourite verses of the Advent Hymn. You can find this in the Roman Catholic Hymnal, number 120. Even though, I do not observe it, I love the lyrics.

Have you heard of Rojayjay? Then what are you waiting for? Do you want to be in the FOMO state? 
It’s not a good state to be in.


In the mean timeπŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ



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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Blogmas: #DecemberMiracles


Hello lovelies,



I have decided to do Blogmas. Do you know what that means? It means, I’ll be blogging every day in December till 25th.

Hmmm.

Meaning, I will be blogging during the weekends too.

Hmmm.

I’m going to do it. I’m going to try and blog everyday till 25th, the last blogmas day.πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰

I’ll try to have time for this. I know it would be fun. I can talk endlessly about Christmas, so I hope I have a lot to talk about Christmas.

Tell everyone about #DecemberMiracles. Tell your family, your co-workers, your friends, your neighbours, your loved ones, even the kids, because they would be involved. I have stories for them too.

Starting on Thursday 1st December, 2016. Stay tuned every day in December.

I hope my mind does not go blank on post ideas.

p.s. Do not forget to visit E! Online Ghana website for some of my contributing articles about Christmas. It is under the tab, ChristmasSparkle with Marietta.

I think I have to make my own show about Christmas, this and every other year. What do you think?

Christmas on the internet! Starting this December.




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