Christmas is a holiday that is celebrated almost everywhere around the world. It is a time for giving and celebrations. But most importantly, Christmas is a time in to spend with family, especially those family members whom you have not seen in a while. Families come together during this time despite their differences, and enjoy the festive season with each other.
Many countries have similar Christmas traditions; however, some differ from others. This festive season, I have had the privilege to interview a fellow South African, Reinhard Amos, and talk to him about his Christmas traditions and beliefs!
E: The first thing that comes to mind when you think about Christmas
R: “When I think of Christmas, the first thing that comes to my mind is happy celebrations with friends and family. Christmas is significant because it is very important to me as a Christian, and it is the season in which families around the world come together and have a lovely time with each other. It is also just a nice time to relax after the year!”
E: What does Christmas mean to you?
R: “To me, Christmas means family; it means love and celebration.”
E: What are your traditions when it comes to Christmas?
R: “Some of my traditions at home are listening to Christmas music, like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, etc., and, of course, watching Christmas movies. Each year we watch the same Christmas movies, which include The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Grinch, and Santa Claus, all of those types of movies.”
E: What are your favorite things about Christmas?
R: “For me, it’s definitely the food part of Christmas. You get to eat food that you haven’t eaten throughout the year, like gammon and tongue; we just go all out! And then definitely coming together as a family and watching Christmas movies and so forth.”
Christmas differs all around the world and people all have different traditions. Now, you know about Christmas in South Africa and how many of us celebrate it!