Christmas marks the remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ and in Nigeria and it is a moment that is highly cherished by Christians.
For many families in Nigeria, Christmas is also an opportunity for family members, friends to reunite. Lots of family members come together during this period not just to celebrate Jesus but to also enjoy the merriment that comes with the season.
Partying, wearing the best of clothes adorning homes and streets with colourful lights, exchanging gifts, heavy usage of firecrackers are among the predominant cultures common during Christmas celebration.
To serve you options of how best you can enjoy Christmas this year, TNG highlights some important you can best enjoy the Christmas celebration in Nigeria.
- Christmas trees
Christmas celebration wouldn’t be complete without the beautiful Christmas trees that are constructed in most sitting room and houses the tree is an integral part of charismas in Nigeria, often rounded by shiny tiny lights that also runs around the sitting room it remind us of the festival and helps us keep abreast of the season.
Christmas celebrations and travelling are brewing. This a period when people travel to their respective state to celebrate with their loved ones, and it is often a time for family reunion, a time to focus, and it is also a time to seek the face of God and make New Year resolutions.
- Choice of meal
Christmas period is a time when lots of delicious and tasty home cooked meals are being prepared. The choice of Christmas meal in Nigeria includes jollof rice, fried rice, salad or coleslaw, turkey, chicken, other dishes may include pounded yam, vegetable soup, stew, cakes for dessert and assorted drinks.
Although, a ban has been placed on the usage of firecrackers in Nigeria due to the security situation in different parts of the country, but most Children and adults in Nigeria still play with firecrackers (bangers) during the Christmas celebration. Some families also take their children dressed in new outfits to see Santa Claus popularly known as “father Christmas” to most Nigerian children.
- Christmas parties
The main parties which come with the celebration are never held on the day of Christmas, as it is believed that the day of Christmas is a day where people are supposed to stay at home with their families, or they can go out to the park, mall and other funfair ground together as a family. Most Christmas parties are hosted by families and friends and these types of parties are held at home, at the beach, and clubs.
- Church Christmas carol/service
Before the Christmas day, most churches hold their Christmas carol service and the Christmas hymns are being led by the church choir while the church congregation sings along. And on Christmas Morning, most families go to church to give thanks to God for yet another wonderful Christmas, and it is definitely going to be a Christmas to remember because this Christmas is on a Sunday.
- Christmas fashion
Thinking of what colour of outfit to rock this Christmas? There are several colours which are traditionally associated with Christmas and they are Red, Green and Gold, so your ideal outfit should be chic, trendy, comfortable, polished and warm and you can play around with the Christmas colours.