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New Clothes: Festive season activities that are still embraced

Photo sessions and Uhuru park trips were the ultimate Christmas goal.

In Summary

• There are so many things we've done over the years to make our Christmas or the festive holidays memorable.

• Thanksgiving is an equally important time of the year, but you've got to admit Christmas overshadows it in some way.

Kenyans gather at the Uhuru Park grounds, Nairobi, during a past Christmas Day celebrations. FILE
Kenyans gather at the Uhuru Park grounds, Nairobi, during a past Christmas Day celebrations. FILE
Image: REUTERS

Christmas is a holiday embraced by millions across the world.

We tend to go overboard with this holiday, unlike other holidays.

Thanksgiving is an equally important time of the year, but you've got to admit Christmas overshadows it in some way.

There's just something about the festive season; there's so much love to go around and so many people find themselves doing things they never thought they would during this season.

There are so many things we've done over the years to make our Christmas or the festive holidays memorable.

Let's walk down memory lane on things that made the festive season complete and what is still being practised in the modern-day.

Matching Outfits

We are all familiar with the wearing of matching outfits. Our parents believed in getting us similar outfits, it became a thing in many households.

That was the version of our parents of a good Christmas.

There are families that still practice this, but it is not as popular as it was back in the day.

There are kids who will not understand why it was dope for some and a really irritating thing for others. Some kids hard a bitter-sweet relationship with the matching outfits.

New Clothes

Now, if you've never cried your eyes out for a new outfit for Christmas, then I guess we really are living in different worlds.

Having new clothes for Christmas was an ultimate goal and parents really stressed about it.

We were young and all we wanted was a new outfit. Now that we are adulting, we now understand the kind of stress our parents went through trying to make sure we never got left out with the wave.

This trend is still very much alive and parents still buy their children new outfits for Christmas.

This is a trend that is not about to die anytime soon.

Even as adults, we have come to see the importance of having something new for the festive season.

If you can, treat yourself to something nice. You deserve it after working so hard.

Visiting the National Park/Uhuru Park.

Back in the day, if your parents could afford it, visiting the Nairobi National Park was the best outing you could gift a kid.

We treasured that park and right after new clothes and a good meal, a trip to the park was the ultimate Christmas gift.

Uhuru was equally a favourite spot for so many families.

There were so many activities that kids could engage in; from face painting, to magic tricks by clowns to the boat rides, the list is endless.

This was a good plan for a lot of parents as it was pocket friendly and we got to have fun at the end of the day.

Uhuru park is still an ultimate plug for so many families and the national park has become even popular than it was years ago.

Photo session

Christmas was never complete in any homestead without photos.  Photos were held dear to the heart and our parents even had strict rules on how to handle the photo album.

Uhuru Park was a favourite spot for families to take photos.

If at home, our parents would hire a photographer to capture the moments.

Some of us thought our parents were annoying when they asked us to stand still for a photo.

Things are different now but photos are still embraced.

We are living in a digital world and smartphones have really played a big role in saving those beautiful moments.

The photo sessions are still embraced, the only difference is that we can take photos with our phones.

Some people still hire a professional photographer to do all the work.

At the end of the day what matters is the memories that have been captured.

Chapati the master

If chapati was not prepped during Christmas, then it's not complete.

Chapati was and still is a signature meal in Christmas meals. 

This was the one time you could eat as many chapatis as you wanted without being asked.

We saw our mothers as superheroes when they made chapatis on Christmas day.

To date, chapati still never misses any Christmas meal.

The only difference between now and then is that these days you can eat chapati anytime you want. 

Edited by D Tarus