Christmas, a day like no other

By Esther Muhozi
On 25 December 2023 at 09:27

Growing up, like any child, Christmas was the eagerly anticipated holiday for me. I couldn’t wait to don my new clothes and indulge in the delightful feast; somehow, it always revolved around Christmas.

It wouldn’t be entirely true to say we consistently had a Christmas tree; my father purchased one in 2014, and because of the love we had for it we kept it until the next Christmas.

This day meant sitting down as a family to share a meal and revel in each other’s company, eating and drinking until satisfaction knew no bounds. I never fully grasped what Christmas truly symbolized back then.

Now, as an adult, I’ve come to realize that Christmas, celebrated on December 25, holds dual significance as a sacred religious occasion and a global cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people worldwide have observed this day with traditions encompassing both religious and secular aspects.

Christians commemorate Christmas Day as the birth anniversary of Jesus of Nazareth, the spiritual leader whose teachings underpin their faith. Customs like exchanging gifts, adorning Christmas trees, attending church services, and enjoying meals with loved ones are widespread.

Yet, amidst the festive customs, the profound essence of Christmas should not fade into the background. It’s a time for universal peace and goodwill, emphasizing values of giving, sharing, and caring. These sentiments extend beyond religious boundaries, reaching people of all faiths and those without religious affiliations, irrespective of their location in the world.

Christmas serves as a season for generosity, reminding us to consider those less fortunate. In a world marked by geopolitical tensions, economic uncertainties, devastating conflicts, and the looming threat of climate change, a spirit of peace and goodwill is a much-needed balm.
For many, the holiday offers a cherished opportunity to reconnect with family and friends.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Wherever you are and whatever traditions you uphold, may your Christmas be joyous and your holidays filled with happiness!