Someone asked me what my holiday plans are. I don’t have a lot. My ideal Christmas would have a fierce harmattan, and find me curled up in an armchair with hot Bournvita and a good book. The problem with harmattan is the drying out of my hair. Yeah, I’m wearing my hair out. All the salon women keep inviting me to come and do “Christmas hair” but I’ve outgrown such societal pressures, thank God.
My earliest memories of Christmas are of feasts. Food, food, food. Peppery jollof rice, cold Coca Cola, peppered chicken, chin-chin, buns, cake. To honour that tradition (and my obsession with good food), this Christmas, I plan to cook. I think there’s something spiritual about cooking for the people you love. There’s a connection it forges, from your hands to their stomachs. And watching their eyes light up with appreciation, is priceless. Instead of giving out hampers, I plan to give out boxes of cookies, cakes and muffins I bake myself. Mostly I’m giving to friends of my family who have been more than just friends, who have been closer than blood kin, who have seen my family through some difficult times.
This is also an adventure for me; many of these things I will be making for the first time. I hope they turn out well 🙂 So this is what I’ll be doing this Christmas. Read. Write. Hang out with friends. Read some more. Write. Bake. Eat. Get fat. Work out. Try to save the world. Browse the internet lazily. Speaking of which, look what I found.
That’s right. Nigeria’s Google trends. Basically it shows you what we searched for the most on the internet. I find it very fascinating. For instance, I have no idea who Higuain and Damoche are. Mandela did not appear in our top 10 searches for people. And the fact that “ASUU Strike” trended the most is telling, isn’t it? I was quite disappointed that Nigerians searched for “iPhone 5” the most, though. Really? iPhone 5? And Blackberry Z10? I quite like the fact that Nigerians had to Google “How To Kiss”. Lol. But really, why was it the most searched “how to”? What is happening, Nigerian Youth?! Haha. You can check out the full report here.
Let me know what you think in the comments’ section. And what are your plans for Christmas? 🙂 Merry Christmas!