Over the weekend, I travelled to Nakuru for an extended family gathering that was taking place at my folks house. It was just myself and the younger one, Xia. The older one -Xena- and the dad were in Mombasa for a friend’s ruracio (traditional dowry paying ceremony). Xena came back fatter and darker, an obvious testimony to how much fun she had indulging in sea food (which she’s crazy about) and spending time at the beach and in the pool. For someone who doesn’t like eating, trust me, Xena’s obsession with seafood is on another level.
Back at home in Nakuru, I noticed the house was missing something. The Christmas tree was not up. I asked my dad if age was catching up with him (he’s 69 by the way) because growing up, putting up the Christmas tree was a ritual we would never forego and all of us had to participate in it. The boys (my big bro and him) would pluck the pine tree from the garden and the rest of us would help decorate it, sticking cotton balls for snow, hanging Christmas cards (why did people stop sending them?) and fixing the fairy lights and other decor.
“It’s only the 8th of December Joy. The tree goes up on the 23rd. Have you forgotten?” He said to me in response to my question.
I told him that in Nairobi, we put up our tree in the last week of November because by then, all the malls and major restaurants have them so one feels pressured. I went ahead to show him a picture of our Christmas tree back at home and he let out a roaring laugh.
“What’s funny?” I asked him.
“This is not a real tree.” He said.
“Of course it’s not real. We bought it for a tonne of cash two years ago at Nakumatt.” I said.
I told him that much as we were proud of our investment, I wished I could get a live tree in Nairobi. See, I grew up on a farm in Njoro which was a sprawling green oasis fringed by tall trees. As a child, I was not exactly fond of the farm life (I will tell you this story in January) but now I wish I could relieve those days. Except that the farm is no longer there.
I remember a while ago hanging out at a friend’s place, then some of his friends who had just relocated to Nairobi from the USA inquired where they could buy a live tree.
“Welcome to Nairobi.” My friend had said to them with a laugh. “Just be content with the fake ones. At least invest in a good one that you can use for years.”
A number of my readers recently asked for tips on where to buy Christmas trees in Nairobi. Obviously, Nakumatt is no longer operational but I found out a few other places with beautiful trees. Palacina Interiors on Lenana Road and at The Junction stocks really gorgeous ones. In fact, when we were shopping for one years back, we were impressed by the ones at Palacina but they were too expensive. Carrefour also stocks them at a much more reasonable price and they have this amazing decor that may make you want to burst your savings.
For today’s giveaway, you get a chance to win stunning kids clothes from mykidscouture.com . I love how Xena’s hooded micro performance fleece poncho (Ksh 1,500) is redolent of the Christmas mood. What she’s wearing at the bottom may look like a skirt but it’s actually a combination of shorts and skirt which I learnt is called a skort (Ksh 2,100). As for Xia, I decided to dress her in boyish sweater (Ksh .2,000) now that we don’t have any male model in our house, but then I realised she rocked it so well so it might as well be unisex. The patched sweater and jeans (Ksh 1,850) should be closet staples for any fashionable child.
For the duration of this campaign (until the 23rd of December), you have a chance to shop on mykidscouture.com at a 40% discount so you have no reason not to get your kids party ready!! Take advantage of the offer and get Xena’s entire look for Ksh 2,160 and Xia’s for Ksh 2,310 (excluding the shoes). To order, call the number on the website or send a Whatsapp message.
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Happy winning and see you here tomorrow at 6:00am for the next giveaway!