When I was young Christmas was exciting all the time because it was a day a big celebration and everyone is looking forward to it. These days’ children don’t really see the significant of it. They have toys and new clothes every month so it just another day to them.
Its full moon and the stars are shining; it is so beautiful so staying indoors its out of the question. All the kids and some grown ups will go out of their houses banging drums or pots, singing and celebrating through out the night till dawn. Going around the village celebrating the night before Christ is born.
The next morning we always wake up excited because is the day were we all dress up in our new Christmas clothes and go around the village, showing off our new clothes. The whole year we look forward to this day because it’s the only time you dress in new clothes and new shoes. Usually our parents used to buy clothes a little bigger than your size so that you can be able to wear them for the whole year. That didn’t discourage us from the spirit of Christmas and no one will even make fun of you for wearing oversized clothes. No presents were necessary, new clothes were the best Christmas present a family can give their children.
The whole year you eat pap and vegetable, this is the only chance you get to eat meat. There will be chicken, beef or lamb. If you have done well at school you get a bigger piece. You get to eat white bread with Rama margarine and drink soda. I remember my mother would collect tin food for the whole year so that on Christmas we have all different foods and she will make nice salads and fried chicken. She will prepare jelly and custard a night before so that it’s set the following day and ready to eat. No fridge to freeze them. With the rice we had all different salads that we never ate during the year. Food tasted so divine, like nothing of this world. We ate until our stomach hurts.
After dressing up we would always have a young couple who will be getting married that day. The one with most beautiful dress and suite will be the bride and groom for the day. We will make a wedding dress out of the curtains and flowers from the nearest bush. We would have a huge make-believe wedding of the year. The mothers from the village will sponsor us with food and sweets.
We will march through the whole village singing dancing. People come from their house and donate monies which we use to buy sweets.
Christmas families come together and eat and laugh and are happy. The fathers and uncles are back from Johannesburg were they been gone for the whole year. They bring us goodies. The house where there is a Hi-Fi we will go there and have a children dancing competition. The taste of rice was different from what we get this days because it comes only once in a year. Bread will taste so divine like nothing of this earth and you will have to eat a lot because you will never see this until the next
Looking at it today I really miss those days. When everything was so simple, everything meant something. Family meant togetherness, laughing and remembering good times.