| Thoughts | Happy Christmas

This time last year we spent Christmas in my homelands. The sun had already set in Zanzibar and it was from these gleaming sands that my friend and I spent a few moments of the evening watching some kids playing football on the beach.  Masai and Swahili friends dashed across the sands with no trouble at all.

We forgot that it was Christmas eve. Life carried on as normal there and it was beautiful. Then, we spotted a Masai watchman from the guesthouse next door in a Christmas hat. I think we all did a classic cartoon double-take. What a sight and the very best Christmas present ever! 

For my part, spending Christmas in Zanzibar  allowed me to feel unfettered by the extravagance of a western Christmas. I felt free and my heart felt light and happy.  Maybe it's because Christmas was a sedate affair in childhood that I feel that Christmas in the UK though beautiful and heartwarming as it can be causes a conflict within me.  The excessive buying the crazy amount of wasted food. The excesses involved with commercial Christmas makes me uncomfortable in many ways. 

I don't like being sad at this time of year so I put my energy into appreciating what we have and that we can afford nice food and a warm home. I feel joyful when I spend Christmas with Hiro and my brother-in-law because I remember our first Christmas together when we had hardly any money. I remember putting our pennies together and buying a little bit of food to enjoy on the day. We ended up with 2 fish, some rice and a few vegetables. We found an unused disposable BBQ in our kitchen left over from the summer and so we decided to have a BBQ outside in the freezing 2 degrees below freezing weather in London. It was so dark so we lit some candles and huddled together to share our meal. From that day, every christmas that we are all together we order fish and have a little BBQ on Christmas night. We remember how little we had back then and we feel thankful that we can afford a bit more and that we still have each other to keep warm with all these years later. I really appreciate that.

Merry Christmas to everyone! We wish you a soulful Christmas full of love & light x 


  1. Merry Christmas my dear...sorry I have been away, I was unwell...am much better now. I think it would be wonderful to be here on Christmas, the commercialism and craziness of the season here is so unsettling. It does make it very stressful and un-joful really. I hope you have a wonderful time & wish you lots of love, peace, joy and happiness always!!! Big hugs to you Xxxx

  2. xx i love your stories and experiences that shape your perspective. merry christmas~~ xoxo

  3. Remember those times Yaumi, they're moments we never want to forget, not matter where we end up. Merry christmas.

  4. what a lovely way to spend Christmas! I hop you have a good one :)

  5. Merry Christmas, Yasumi and Hiro. I must say, that although I grew up with Western Christmas, the excesses of it have always made me rather uncomfortable - and worse, the lack of love in the holiday that seems directly proportional to them. Consequently, we have always tried to keep our Christmases small and unfussy. It was only a few years ago we even bought a tree for the first time and still, it generally remains with just a few presents under it, but thoughtful ones. Wishing you all the best for the holiday season!

  6. A very happy Christmas to you and family, all the best for 2015! xx

  7. That story is lovely, it's nice to bring it back to just the simple lovely things :) Merry Christmas

  8. I love it when you write these kinds of posts. When I was little, we had next to nothing. I remember walking with my mum and dad in the woods, collecting firewood because we couldn't afford to heat our small rented place. I think people who have experienced poverty have more perspective when it comes to money.


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