As we have already entered the month of December, it would be safe to say that Christmas is fast-approaching and many people around the world are gearing up to celebrate the season.
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Expectations have started peaking as family and friends are anticipating what lies in store for them during this year’s yuletide.
Many shoppers have already hit the malls and shops to get their Christmas needs taken care of before the mad rush for buying and selling begins.
Many promotions would be ran during the period and it is expected that traffic in town should build up to an all-time high during the Christmas festivities.
Unlike other places around the world, Christmas in Ghana is characterized by a lot of activities and ‘rituals’ that mark the season. However, not everything that happens in Ghana happens elsewhere around the world during the season of love and giving.
Today, YEN.com.gh brings to you some things that would never happen in Ghana during Christmas.
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It is unlikely that Ghana and even many countries in our African region would ever experience snowfall during Christmas. Christmas in many parts of the world and as depicted in movies is characterized by snow fall with people making snow men and having snow fights.
Our part of the world does not support that phenomenon and it would be out of this world to have snow falling in Ghana. The closes we can come to snow is our experience with Harmattan.
2. Santa Claus
The myth of having the European version of “Father Christmas” visiting homes and leaving behind gifts for children around a Christmas tree is one thing that may never happen in Ghana. What is mostly seen in foreign movies where Santa comes down the chimney of houses to drop gifts for ‘good’ children would never be witnessed in Ghana.
Santa Claus is a fictional character at most and the closest we can get to remaking that is the men with stuffed stomachs who stand in the malls and ‘scare’ off children with their scary looks.
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3. People moving from door to door singing Christmas carols
In Europe, many people share the “Spirit of Christmas” through music which is depicted by the singing of Christmas carols. Choirs and singing bands, in their bid to spread their love during Christmas go from door to door in their neighborhoods and sing Christmas carols to the admiration of people living in the neighborhood.
This phenomenon of sharing the love on the occasion on the birth of Jesus Christ is missing in our part of the world. People would rather go for “A festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” in their churches than have people come to sing for them for free in the comfort of their homes.
4. Waking up on the day of Christmas to special gifts under a special family Christmas tree
Unlike Ghana and many parts of Africa, Christmas in Europe is characterized by the sharing of gifts on Christmas day. On the eve of Christmas, many gifts intended for members of the family are secretly placed under a Christmas tree. On 25th December, family members wake up early and rush to the Christmas tree to find out what present they got.
This phenomenon is not present in our parts of the world because many parents would be so busy working that they might not even have the privilege of time to go shopping for such extra ‘goodies’ during Christmas.
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5. Christmas giveaways and freebies
In some parts of the world, Christmas which is characterized by giving is exploited to its very core. Some renowned malls and corporations give ‘treats’ to its employees and sometimes the general public for the loyalty all-year round. This is characterized by free shopping and handouts. Some countries give up to 5 minutes of free shopping with all expenses paid by the outfit or shop.
This aspect of Christmas is unlikely to ever happen in Ghana since many companies would dread the cost that would be involved in taking such a ‘risk’ in our part of the world.
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Source: Yen Ghana