We cater to large group of readers, and this year, we looked into what you’ll all be likely up to over the festive season, going by your age groups. By observation, our own experience and from research, here’s how the PD WIKENDI team thinks you’ll spend the holidays
As much as the this age group would love to spend Christmas with their friends as they turn all the way up, it’s a buzzkill when they have to go to the village, where they meet cousins who look up to them since they’re from the city.
Saying no to family traditions is more often than not out of question, so they have no option but to comply. Our writer Sandra Wekesa, who is also a university student, shares that she will be spending Xmas in Kitale with her parents.
“It’s fun partying in Nairobi, but we just have to do what our parents want us to do,” says Sandra. In as much as she would want to spend Christmas in Nairobi, she has limited options, especially because remaining behind as the rest of her family travels to shags also involves some costs.
“If I have to be left in Nairobi, I have to cater for my own food and do all the house chores since I’ll be by myself, and there’s no fun in that,” she adds, explaining that managing all those expenses may be a bit steep for her.
In any case, all her friends in the same age bracket will also be travelling to the village, so she might as well go. Emma Achieng, a freshman at Daystar University, says she’s glad this time she won’t be visiting her shags in Siaya.
“I’ve already told my parents about planned sleepovers at my cousins’ place, and we’ll be going out with my friends for a few drinks on some of the days next week. This age group is likely to give a pass on partying during Christmas, but come New Year’s, they will be well represented in most clubs.
A good number them are financially stable. Most have jobs, while the rest are running businesses, or even both. Having worked all year round, it is time to take a rest, and this is the time they holiday. Those who have settled down can roll with bae, travelling to the countryside a little before or after a vacancy, and those yet to get one, will holiday somewhere with someone’s daughter. For others on the road to settling down, this is a popular time when there are ruracios (dowry paying/traditional wedding).
The affluent and guys from gated communities will be chilling in their hoods, with paper cups in hands while barbequing. At this age, they feel that they have had enough of clubs, and it is time to chill with close pals.
Those with pets will pamper them and treat them like their own kids. An example of a discussion point within this age set is their love for noisy Subarus and going at top speeds, say when going to grab a whiskey mzinga at the mall.
Occasionally, they will plan a road trip, and you may see a fleet of Subarus off to Vasha or Naksvegas to catch a bit of fun, which might be so ratchet. Some sober minds in this bracket are already thinking about investments, and while chatting over nyamchom and drinks, you may hear something to do with a plot or a trending business opportunity.
This group is still trying to get their footing in life. The lucky ones have just started their first jobs or are interns fresh from campus. Those who have moved out of home will opt to hang out with friends over a few drinks and cookout sessions.
“Guys will most definitely down a couple of bottles and get wasted, that is given,” PD news reporter Lucy Wangui, 25, shares from observation. “I know some of my friends might binge drink, given the festive season mood,” agrees our writer 24-year-old Njange Maina, popularly referred to as Jack Ma in the newsroom. “The rest, who are still under their parents’ roofs, will obviously spend quality time with them.
I will travel upcountry to see my family. I know a lot has happened in the last year, and I bet it will be entertaining to catch up with everyone and everything,” adds the recent graduate, who will also team up with friends and visit a couple of children’s homes. “Right before I resume work in January, I will go for a hike. What is a holiday without a little adventure?” poses Jack Ma.
“During this season, those in relationships will probably get introduced to the family, briefly, not officially. When relatives meet for drinks and to feast, I know a cousin or two who will show up with a ‘friend’, and that’s how we know they are seriously dating.
The formal introductions will follow suit come 2018,” says Lucy. “Those who are not dating, well, will just show up to the meetings by themselves. A majority of us will go home and face the panel of aunties and uncles asking when we will bring them a ‘friend’. I can’t wait to see my cousins go through this,” she laughs.
At this age, the excitement of festive season starts wearing off, and they really don’t have to go all out as they did in yesteryear. They’re more grounded and temperate, with others having begun families.
They’ll have fun and definitely spend time with family, but they’ll also focus on bettering themselves and planning ahead. Our writer Stephen Mbuthi plans to take it slow: “This year I plan on keeping the holiday’s low-key. No travelling or partying.
It has been a demanding and intensely exhausting year for all Kenyans, and while it’s nice to be able to see the end of it, I feel it should provide an opportunity for each one of us to reflect on what our lives are all about. We came very close to a political disaster, and the best thing would be to brush all that negativity under the carpet of history.
I personally feel that each one of us should take the time to think of how we can be better for the country we claim to love, and individually work towards making it better in whichever little way we can. That said, I do plan on enjoying time with family and making plans for next year, but the main thing I will be doing will be introspection. I like taking long walks or going for a scenic drive to clear my mind, so I plan on doing that a lot.
I have also realised that my metabolism is slowing down, and I’m not as fit as I used to be in my 20s, plus my hairline is already starting to fade. While, I can do nothing about my thinning hair, I plan on eating healthy and trying new recipes this holiday season.
I’m trying to be more sociable too, so, maybe I’ll have a few friends over for a housewarming party one year after I moved into my house. All in all, just a modest and possibly boring way to spend the holiday, but that’s what I feel I really need, to get ready for whatever next year has in store.” Our sub-editor Elly Gitau, a father of three, is looking forward to spending time with his growing family.
“I would like to take my family out and celebrate together for the first time as a family of five, following the welcoming of our youngest bundle of joy into our lives,” he says. Elly is elated, but keeps in mind that his two older children need to be taken care of and go back to school next year.
“I will spend moderately, knowing that our family has grown, and we need to be smart about the financial choices we make. I do not want my family to have a rough time over things we can control,” he adds.
Another way he plans on curbing spending is stocking his bar at home, in order to avoid extra costs that come with going out. “I will be hosting some friends on Boxing Day, and we plan to make merry at home, instead of going out. That way, we can sip on something from the comfort of my house and rest afterwards,” he says.