It is that time of the year again and everyone is fully engaged in the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations. In Kenya, Christmas is the time to travel upcountry to reunite with family to feast, and make merry. In the cities, it is a time that we see beautiful decorations and heavy traffic towards public parks for family days out. However, is that all there is to Christmas?
Many sources define Christmas as an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The day is a widely observed holiday celebrated by many on the 25th of December. However, the holiday has been traditionally considered a Christian affair but an increasing number of non-Christians have also embraced the global festive season.
The Christmas holiday has lost its true meaning in most parts of the world. Modern cultures have avoided the Christian perspective attached to the day and fail to take it as an opportunity to self-examine and portray a benevolent attitude towards the more needy in society.
The spirit of benevolence has been the hallmark of the Christmas day celebration in the village where I grew up. Even though people did not exchange gifts, every home prepared their best dishes and shared them among villagers. It was the only time even the most deprived in society got a chance to smile and feel loved.