There’s a small christian community here in Abene that will celebrate Christmas, but it’s not nearly as big a deal as in the west and certainly not a big shopping opportunity. I’ve yet to see anyones house lit up with festive lights and a big plastic Santa Claus crawling up the chimney. For the vast majority of the population it’ll be just another day.
I had a bit of a shock when I realised it was 20th December and I’ve yet to think about the festive season…oops. I’ve been on the beach, which ain’t so Christmassy. When I was home briefly in November, I had the opportunity to hear the usual songs playing in shops and enjoy the cold, but I’ve spent more time in the last couple of weeks tending my coconut, mango and guava trees.
We currently have three chickens, Rod, Jane and Freddy. Rod’s starting to go off the rails and December is a time that poultry needs to be careful. He’ll be spit roasted, in the traditional sense, on the 25th.
I was visited this week by the three wise rasta’s, bearing wine, whisky and beer. That was then end of that day. This week, along with my Danish pal Niels, I’ve finally begun learning the djembe. And I treated myself to one as a Christmas gift. It’s mainly been a quiet year. Well, apart from me moving countries, the birth of Gulliver, buying a hectare of jungle, building our house, buying a land rover, creating a new travel business, starting work on two original books and editing somebody else’s. But apart from that it’s been quiet.
Khady returned from a trip to her Mother’s village and told me she’d brought me a gift. It was the horn of a goat and we buried it, in a small ceremony, at the centre of our land where it will bring our home protection from thieves and evil spirits.
On Boxing Day, the Abene festival begins. I am the official photographer and have designed the festival poster, so will be sure to be writing about this in the next couple of weeks.
Season’s greetings everyone and a happy new year from the Little Baobab. We look forward to seeing some of you here soon!
Here’s a pelican: