The Christmas traditions in Kenya are unique in their own way.
But at the end of the day, I think that all over the world, Christmas is a time of joy, eating, drinking, and celebration. A time to remember the real meaning of the Christmas story and to be with family and friends.
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✦ Christmas Traditions in Kenya
During the Christmas season, many Kenyans from different parts of the world, cities, and towns travel back home to spend time with their families.
This is the time families will see each other, so it is very important. The Christmas experience in Europe is the same case.
✦ How Kenyan Christians Celebrate Christmas
Many Christians, go to a church service to celebrate Christmas.
All the Christian churches are often decorated with colorful balloons, ribbons, flowers, and green leaves as well as Christmas trees.
In the Christmas services, there are Christmas poems and hymns. And thereafter, people go home and the party begins.
The barbecued meat also known as nyama choma is eaten with rice and chapati. The Christmas celebrations continue to Boxing day which is also a public holiday in Kenya
✦ How Kenyan Christmas Traditions Have Changed Over The Time
Christmas in Kenya also has gone through an evolution over the years and it’s quite different from when we were growing up. For example, people rarely send Christmas cards through the post office.
Also, special Christmas diets don’t exist anymore because people can afford them on a daily basis. Mobile phone money transfer services like M-Pesa come in handy for those wishing to send gifts.
Last but not least, the change that came with technology. For example, people don’t need professional photographers because they can take photos using their smartphones, etc.
Despite the many changes, one thing remains firm in Kenya: the Christmas cheer continues!
✦ Christmas Traditions in Belgium
In Belgium, Christmas traditions are also different from back home. For instance, St Nicholas’ Day.
Also, just weeks before Christmas, there are Christmas markets in a lot of cities in Europe.
The Christmas season in Europe is during the winter season, thus, ice skating is something that is very common.
The Christmas trees are decorated in almost all homes. In addition, all the Christmas gifts are placed under those trees.
On Christmas eve, Christmas is celebrated with close family and the gifts are opened.
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