Christmas was beautiful and fun filled in that little town of Okeho where I grew up. There were not many Christian families then, so there were only a few churches but we celebrated Christmas with pomp. To be sure the festival was not just for Dec 25 but it stretched to January and  some days beyond!  

Indeed Christmas was the small festival 'odun kekere' while New Year day was the big festival 'odun nla'.  Each was filled with merrymaking.  Rice was a rarity. It was reserved for the period  of festivity. The festivals were a family affair and days were set aside when one family would entertain the others and non Christians would also join. This festive mood would continue for about two weeks when people would start to disperse,  some to their  farms many to other towns and villages where they resided all carrying fond memories of the festival and looking forward to the next.

Now Christmas is less colourful with rice and chicken and Westernised families going to so called amusement parks in urban centres while those in rural area find whatever little fun they can get from “mechanical relationships” that now exists In those areas. I mean relationships that are superficial not intimate as they used to be. It is the kind of relationships that are evolving as a result of imbibing western cultures and values and it is worse in urban centres. There are many churches but less true genuine fellowship.

The transition in the past 60 to 70 years is indeed phenomenal.

(Written by Gbade Adejumo and posted to the DadaMac website by Pamela McLean)