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Christmas in Addis

Christmas in Addis is really quite bizarre.
No, really it’s bazaar after bazaar
And when you see baubles from Habesha beer,
It’s an indication, it’s that time of year.
Up until then it was another sunny day.
No Christmas windows or songs on constant play.
No autumn leaves, that moved to winter chill,
Without the lead up, it doesn’t seem real.
So expats jump at a chance to celebrate
But to Ethiopians we’ve got the wrong date.
On the seventh there’s no Christmas cliché,
It’s grab a live chicken by its feet day.
You could walk back with it, do your shopping, take a bus;
Perfectly normal but bizarre to us.
So our Christmas passes and our January wish,
Is to get invited for the famous Doro Wat dish.
Christians and Muslims share the holiday cheer here,
Something I wish the world would learn from this year.
Christians and Muslims share the holiday cheer here, Something I wish the world would learn from this year. Click To Tweet
Mama Grace.

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8 Comments

  1. It’s very easy to get caught up in the madness and forget that for others Christmas is very different. I hope you enjoy your day how ever you spend it! #dreamteam

    • bardsforbabes bardsforbabes

      Thank you. You too

  2. What a neat look into life in Ethiopia!

  3. “Christians and Muslims share the holiday cheer here, Something I wish the world would learn from this year.” Thats what we all want isnt it? our fellow men getting along no matter the colour of their skin or religion!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next year! Merry Christmas Lovely!

    • bardsforbabes bardsforbabes

      We do and it can happen. Merry Christmas

  4. The world could definitely do with sharing more cheer. Great poem.
    Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

  5. Great message in this! Lovely to hear about other traditions too! Thank you for linking this to #DreamTeam and Merry Christmas!

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