Writer: Alex Birungi

My fondest memory of Christmas is “Christmas disco lights,” it must be what it looks like when we get to heaven. On Christmas Eve, Dad would set up the tree and mom provided the decorations for the tree. As mum set up the decorations, my brother and I took turns in blowing air into the balloons. The experience was very exciting. Seeing the decorated tree was like the final clue that Christmas is here.

As a child, Christmas meant a new set of clothes. Also a favorite of mine mostly because I would have to show the other kids at church on Christmas day.

Back then Christmas came early, people began singing Christmas carols as early as mid November. Listening to the songs and mumbling through the lyrics as they played always excited me. It meant I would be eating “nice” food and adding to my wardrobe.

Growing up, almost all Christmas celebrations happened at my maternal uncle’s ” Grandfather .” Surprisingly, we celebrated graduation for my aunties and uncles every other Christmas. To tell you the truth I thought Christmas had something to do with graduation.

I remember a time when we were sent to my grand parent’s home in Kabale district. When we returned from church, Grandma served us duck for lunch. After lunch she sent us to visit my uncle’s to play with our cousins in the neighborhood. She warned, “Don’t eat anything at your uncle’s place because you had your lunch already.”

At my uncle’s, they had prepared Turkey and I had never tasted it (up until now, i haven’t). They offered to serve us food but we declined although it killed us on the inside but those were the “SOPs” grandma had given ….I wish had eaten the turkey that day!

Sadly, I have since lost the excitement for Christmas. Apart from knowing and remembering that its the day the Lord was born, Christmas for me is no different from any other day (Sunday to be exact) when you go to church, come back home to eat and the day ends.

Recently we began giving and sharing gifts to make Christmas fun and memorable. Each member picks a name from a random raffle and is expected to find and give gifts to the person whose name was picked respectively.

This Christmas, I picked my young sister as my secret santa but still have no idea what to get her…

Merry Christmas 🎄

Alex Birungi
Leah Grace Oketcho, is a highly talented Communication specialist, gifted in leadership with over 3 years of leadership and management experience at different levels. She is a team player and has demonstrated ability in mobilizing and organizing others to achieve desired goals. Oketcho is well vast in the art of creating alternatives for ways to get results. She has over the years grown in the art of corporate communications and also participated in the development of performance management materials for various professional institutions. Leah received training in research, scripting, international relations, and data analysis as well as public relations. She is passionate about solving public health related problems. She has offered training to youth in oral and written communication, people management and mentoring, editing and documentation skills, public speaking.

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