Christmas brings back the memories of the birth of Jesus Christ. As parents prepare for the festive season, children too have big plans.
Aisha Mahoro, 11, is a primary five pupil at Kigali Harvest Primary School. She said that dressing decently and giving gifts to her friends is what makes her Christmas exciting.
“I must dress nicely in my new dress and also surprise my friends with gifts since my father has promised to get me some,” Mahoro said.
Mahoro believes in sharing joy and happiness with friends during Christmas.
Shami Rukundo of Remera Academy Nursery and Primary School said that he has to travel with his parents to Bambino Super City in Kabuga to have fun.
“I asked my mother to take me to Bambino Super City and she promised to. I will play with other children and enjoy drinking juice and sodas,” Rukundo said.
Some parents like Evelyn Nyirarukundo, a mother of three, said that parents need to give special care to their children and make them understand the true meaning of Christmas.
The Christmas story is not so different for excited teenagers.
According to Beatrice Karimba, a student at Kayonza Modern Secondary School, Eastern Province, “The best way we can celebrate Christmas is when we understand its real meaning.”
“When teenagers understand that Christmas portrays the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, they will always celebrate it peacefully,” Karimba said.
She urged people to avoid situations that cause chaos and harm during the festive season.
Didas Niyigena, a first year student at Kicukiro College of Technology says it’s important for everyone to celebrate Christmas in ways that make them happy.
“Some youth consider going out dancing and enjoy spending time with friends,” he said.
Caroline Umutoni a mother says it’s okay to let children celebrate, but there is need to have a limit on particular activities.
“This excitement needs to be controlled not only for the youth, but even for grown-ups. They should avoid engaging in unnecessary behaviour like over drinking and driving,” Umutoni said.