Christmas is a period when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. They celebrate the day in different ways since everyone has their own way of doing things.
City streets are lit with many colorful lights, people decorate their homes with Christmas trees and ornaments, families exchange Christmas cards and presents with fellow family members and friends. These are just among the many things that are done during Christmas.
Exchanging gifts is one of the major things that happens between friends and family during this period. In Kenya, a report has shown that most people would prefer being given money as Christmas gifts.
Despite the fact that one is not supposed to choose a gift, many things contribute to why most Kenya looks forward to getting money as presents.
The economic status of the country has gone down and many people live below the poverty level. This is one of the reasons that makes them wish for money compared to any other thing.
As other people will be out celebrating with their families at the coastal beaches, some Kenyans will be home together with their families since they cannot afford such vacations.
Some of those who stay in the city travel back to the village so as to spend so time with the family. The village is where all the money in one’s account gets cleared since you have to give out money to villagers who will be at your door step from morning to evening.
The village is full of all sorts of celebrations during this festive seasons. Ranging from weddings to initiation ceremonies to even funerals. This is another area where money is spent thus when the new year comes one is left empty, without even fare to take him back to the city.
When given money as a present, it may help to compensate the one that was used. If not money, then the presents given out are preferred to be ones that can be sold in exchange of getting money.
Article by Vera Shawiza.