Peace Joy and Live: Christmas in Africa by Terry Lister
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Peace, Joy and Love: Christmas in Africa is a short book at just 90 pages which looks at how Christmas is celebrated in many of the African countries. It also contains photos from Terry’s travels.
Author Terry Lister has enjoyed solo travel through many of Africa’s nations and in this book he draws together some of the ways Africans celebrate the festive period.
Many of the countries featured are among the poorest in the world, yet what struck me most was the value they put on singing and family gatherings as opposed to the commercialism that has an overwhelming hold on Western society at this time of year. There were many lessons to be learned especially with differing religions celebrating together. However, not all countries acknowledge Christmas. It was good to see the differences across this vast nation.
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For some living in highly developed societies, Christmas is a time of exorbitant expense and sheer panic. Children are suddenly acutely aware of their conduct, and parents subconsciously feel pressured to tackle pricey wish lists.
But in Africa, Christmas is a little different, especially depending on the country you decide to visit.
Terry Lister’s experiences and research gives the reader a glimpse into the customs and practices of more than 13 African nations, delivering an educational taste of the traditional foods and common rituals. Vibrant photographs display the cultural variety and demonstrate the ways in which unlikely communities work together to make the season a festive time for all, including the most impoverished.
There are lessons to be learned and adventures to be had within the pages of this literary travel treasure. Explore Christmas in Africa and prepare to walk away challenged on the concepts of what it really means to have peace, joy and love during the holiday season.
This would be very interesting. I love to see how different parts of the world celebrate.
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