Nostalgic Tunes and Festive Feasts in the Heart of Kisii Ridges

Ah, the magic of Christmas in the Kisii land – laughter, melodies, and the aroma of homemade maandazi lingering in the air. Memories of those cherished Christmases transport me to a time when joy was simple, and celebrations were pure.

Singing Games and Melodies: A Symphony of Tradition

One of the most enchanting recollections involves my cousins unveiling a treasure trove of singing games and songs they had gathered throughout the year. We would all gather in a field that we’d transformed into a playground where buckets doubled as drums, and our voices carried the spirit of the season. The notes of our collective harmony, a celebration of shared experiences, echoed through the Kisii ridges.


The beauty lay not only in our own melodies but in the distant serenades of other children. The Kisii ridges, like a natural amphitheater, orchestrated a symphony of Christmas joy. Each distant voice added a unique layer to the festive crescendo, creating a harmonious melody that transcended individual celebrations, connecting us all in the spirit of Christmas.

Maandazi and Chicken: Culinary Traditions of Love


Christmas wasn’t just about the music; it was a feast for the senses. Our parents, the culinary maestros, would conjure up a spread that transcended mere sustenance. Maandazi, golden and crisp, served as edible ornaments, and the fragrance of sizzling chicken wafted through the air, teasing our taste buds.


The communal joy extended to the preparation itself – a family affair where recipes were passed down, secrets shared, and laughter echoed in the kitchen. The table, adorned with the fruits of our collective culinary prowess, became a stage for not just nourishment but the manifestation of love and togetherness.

Time to share Love and Togetherness

As I look back on those Christmases in the Kisii, I realize that the true essence of the season lies in the simplicity of shared moments. The melodies we created, the culinary symphony we orchestrated – all were threads in a tapestry woven with love, laughter, and togetherness.

What’s your favorite Christmas memory?


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