Letters: December 12, 2019
December 12, 2019
Nigerian Christians celebrate Christmas in special ways. If possible, most return to the village of their ancestors, even those living abroad.
Beginning early on Christmas day, goats are brought to slaughter, and then the cooking and feasting begins. Children are all around, and there is a competition among grandmothers as to which “compound” is the noisiest, i.e. has the most people returning for the celebration.
The day is spent attending church, feasting, visiting, discussing and arguing various topics including politics. Presents are for the children, who are each given a set of new clothes, which are worn joyously around for everyone to see.
Enter an American woman (Mama Ude), who thinks children should have toys as Christmas gifts – sharing her tradition. She arrives at the village with fanfare, as children run out to glimpse the homemade cake and toys she (Santa) has brought. One Christmas she brought a bag full of 20-cent rubber balls to share. The children played games with those balls until late in the evening – so happy and pleased to have some cake, a ball, a new outfit, friends and family.
What we are grateful for and what makes us happy certainly varies from culture to culture.
Nancy Street (Mama Ude),
We do not need another billionaire businessman for president. So-called Democrat Mike Bloomberg is yet another proponent of the Growth Paradigm -- endless economic expansion on a planet of finite and dwindling resources and an ever-growing population of humans.
Every one of the candidates of the two major parties subscribe to this faulty and suicidal philosophy -- except Bernie Sanders. He alone of all the aspirants seeks to build a future that might be sustainable for future generations.