We have come to that time of the year where the streets get busy with activities simply because the year is drawing to an end.
The 12th month is well loved because it signifies the end of the year which also comes with numerous celebration. Christmas is one of the most loved moments in this month as it has a religious significance to the Christians.
The beautiful thing about this celebration is that it is being celebrated by all in Nigeria. We have come to that time of the year where it is time to join in the festivity and relish old memories of this season.
There are so many things we did as children during Christmas celebration. Those memories are one of the fondest moments we had as kids. If you are a Nigerian, then you would be able to relate with two or more of the things listed below. And if you had an amazing time growing up, it is possible for you to have done all these things as a Nigerian child.
Find below some of the fondest memories of every Nigerian child during Christmas:
1. Knockouts and fireworks
Every Nigerian child look forward to Christmas because it is the perfect time to throw knockouts and make as much noise as possible in the environment.
The noise that comes from knockouts and bangers could be deafening, yet, we enjoyed seeing the startled looks on the faces of the elders.
Children who are brave hold those objects until they hear the first or second bang before they let it go. The gentle ones go for fireworks and have a remarkable time letting the flames burn.
2. Attend Christmas carols
Every Nigerian child born into a Christian home looks forward to Christmas carols and church activities during that period. It is the perfect time to act dramas and sing Christmas songs.
The concert is something we looked forward to as kids as the Christmas celebration looks more colourful.
3. Wearing of new clothes and shoes
Many children get threatened with wearing old clothes on Christmas day if they fail to behave. Parents buy their children new clothes and make them have the best look when it is time to celebrate Christmas.
As a Nigerian child, you wore new clothes and shoes on Christmas day. The days before is always filled with cloth-testing activities. Children enjoy touring the shops with their mothers and picking clothes.
3. Travel with loved ones
For those who live in major towns and cities, Christmas season is the time to travel home to see grand parents and loved ones.
Nigerian children enjoy travelling on the roads as it is adventurous for them. If you grew up in Nigeria, then your celebration might have been spiced with travelling at one point of the other.
4. Visit people in their homes
There is no Christmas season like the one that children go out later to eat in other people’s houses.
As a Nigerian child, you will only look forward to the part where you have to visit your friends and other family members in order to eat their own Christmas food and play hard. Staying in your own house during the celebration is boring.
5. Collect gifts and money
During Christmas celebration, children look forward to taking food to non-Christians around them as they know they will give them something in return.
Visitors give children money and gifts. Those who they take food to also compensate them one way or the other. For these reasons, children look forward to helping their parents deliver food for loved ones.
6. Go out with parents
Every Nigerian child looks forward to Christmas celebration as they know they would have an amazing time with their parents and loved ones.
Some parents take their children out to mark the Christmas day celebration. They may go to the beach or amusement parks with their children and make them feel good.
Nigerian parents save for this occasion and make sure they spoil their children silly while the celebration lasts. When the new year starts, the hustle begins again.