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Tuesday, December 27, 2016


We went to my brother-in-law's house to celebrate the Christmas as we did last year because it has now become a 'tradition' in our family. They celebrate thanksgiving with us and we all go and celebrate the new year with another Nigerian family friend. 

How did this tradition come about? I seriously don't know! It just happened my sister-in-law came to help me bake my first thanksgiving turkey since I didn't know how to do it and we celebrated together, the next thanksgiving, I did it myself and invited them over to come and see it ... then I began inviting them with our mutual friends. They in turn invited us for Christmas when hubby told me I should not stress myself cooking when I was heavily pregnant for my son who is 3 years old today, so, they invited us over,  then we went again, and again ... our mutual friend celebrates her eldest son's birthday during new year, so we all go there ... now, it became a tradition! You see how certain traditions came about? And next generations will now hold strongly to it, likely adding their own and say, that is how our 'fathers' did it in the olden days ...  as some Nigerian cultures came about!

pounded yam

ogbono soup

jollof rice

We all chip in to make it less stressful for the hostess. Our mutual friend brings pepper soup, I prepare ogbono soup while my sister-in-law prepares jollof rice and pounded yam, and small chops. These are aspects we are each good at, which I believe life should really be about; Maximizing our good aspects to complement each other, be it in our homes or work places, and letting go of our flaws. 

New year is 4 days away, and we shall all cross over by HIS GRACE and MERCY through CHRIST our SAVIOUR.  This should be a moment of sober reflection by looking into the mirror and seeing who we really are and improving on ourselves. 
Take care everyone and see you all in 2017.


Good Naija Girl said...

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday, Nitty! I hope you had a great Christmas (sure looks like you did!). May God astonish you and your family in wonderful ways in 2017.

I love how traditions develop and I appreciate what I read as a reminder to be open to enhancing or modifying things as the years go by.

@ilola said...

Happy New Year Nitty. May this year be good to us all.

Miss Onakz.... said...

Hello Nitty. Happy New Year. We haven't heard from you in 3 weeks. Hope you are well and all is very well too.

Another funny thing about traditions is that a generations will imbibe and may not even know the history as to how it started in the first place.
Hoping to hear from you soon.

Nitty Gritty said...

Thank you Jummy, I sure did! :D
So true, traditions should be opened for modifications since the only constant thing is change itself!

Nitty Gritty said...

Congratulations on your wedding.

Nitty Gritty said...

Thank you Onakz, all is well. I was a bit under the weather after working all through the festive period. I have updated now.

EXACTLY! That is what I have been complaining about!
Some families don't eat certain foods because their forefathers said it was forbidden...likely because they had an allergic reaction to it, and ascertain it to spiritual attack or uncleanliness!