#SafaricomXmas: Here’s Your Chance To Win A Samsung Tab Or A Safaricom Neon

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This week Safaricom has been your Santa Claus and they have been giving away gifts like credit, data, chickens, trees and fuel etc to subscribers. On Thursday they were at various children’s homes where they played with the kids and took them some shopping. Some staff were at old people homes where they spent time cooking and having conversations with the elderly and also took foodstuff as well..  On Friday they had medical camps all over the country and today they were at various religious institutions where they donated foodstuff.  If you were lucky you may have gotten your bus fare paid for you by Safaricom on Thursday and maybe even had your fare paid by Bob Collymore himself.

Safaricom tomorrow has a few goodies to give away so make sure you are following the hashtags #SafaricomXmas And #HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs for a chance to win credit and phones as well.

I have been giving away credit this week and now it is time to give away the grand prizes. Tomorrow I will be giving away a Samsung Tab and Safaricom Neon Pulse Phone courtesy of Safaricom Ltd. I told you about why Christmas was a big deal for me. For your chance to win, tell me how you celebrate Christmas with your family. What makes your Christmas special and makes it not like any other holiday in the year. I will choose a winner tomorrow evening so make sure you comment below.

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  1. Christmas is a big deal for my family because we don’t celebrate it.
    What was once a time for family , traveling to shags for a get together with the extended family began happening less and less, the time between visits becoming further and in between then eventually the visits just died out all together. Partly because of the financial situation every Kenyan got hit hard by in the past years. My mum tried to say it was a pagan holiday that “real christians” didn’t celebrate, but I know somewhere deep down that she was just looking for an excuse so as not to admit we couldn’t afford it any more. Then Dad’s cancer diagnosis came, also around christmas. For my family, christmas is a big deal because the hanging of lights and trees on city malls and in neighbors’ houses reminds us constantly of the kind sweet man we called dad, that left us after a short battle with cancer, and of the fact that we could no longer afford the luxury called christmas.
    You didn’t specify that it has to be a joyous reason.

  2. Christmas is the only time where we meet “full house” unlike all other holiday.Is the only time we enjoy each others company as a family and share how our year have been.

  3. #SafaricomXmas Christmas is special for me because its the one time i get to spend with majority of my family members since i was a young girl. We used to travel to our rual home to spend time with grandparents and enjoy the different envitonment and eat delicious food. As i grew older, we spent more time in the city but still got time to enjoy with family which reinforces the fact that home is where those you love are. Fortunately, i got married into a family that makes christmas a special time, where we get to bond over meals and attend a big party organized for cousins to get to know each other better. I hope my young daughter will also take up the tradition of making christmas the most special holiday ever! #HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs

  4. #SafaricomXmas#HomeIsWhereHeartIs Christmas is a very special festive holiday, for me on date 16th to 22th I do celebrate it by doing generous act ,it is in the spirit of spreading joy,kindness and joy.With my church choir we do visit children’s home and donate foodstuff, do a general cleaning and later help them to decorate with Christmas tree.on 23th I do invite my friends and family over for Christmas dinner,the important thing is just to get together with the loved ones and share the warmth of caring with them,I do consider making a traditional Christmas dinner like mukimo.On 25th I join up with friends and family .For many peoples Christmas is about gathering to enjoy each other company and celebrate the holiday.The day is a National holiday and most folks get a day off work,so I take advantage of that time and reconnect with my extended family,long time friends and celebrate with the traditions that have been passed down in my family*******I love Christmas, what make it special holiday is the way I do decorate tree,picking out special gifts to give my loved ones,listening to holiday themed songs on the radio,watching heart warming films ,meeting my friends and family.Celebrating the birth of Jesus with the Church fellows makes Christmas special for me,Standing together in fellowship with my sister and brothers in Christ,worshipping before God is what brings focus and purpose to everything which surround Christmas.

  5. Our Christmas at the Mwakio’s is always a working one. Being in a family that operates a restaurant in Mombasa, we are always busy with visitors from other parts of Kenya. But the business has always had a way of bringing us together during the festive season as a family, working with your fellow family members is my best part about Christmas, it keeps me looking forward .

  6. #homeiswheretheheartis xmas is not xmas to us unless we cook different dishes and get to buy atleast a crate of soda and finally eating and taking photos together as a family,,it wont be complete without the balloons too and thats the only time of the year when we do all this together as a family#SafaricomXmas

  7. It’s not the very many coke adverts on telly about the xmas trucks coming. Not about the Christmas decorations all over Nairobi’s shops and restaurants. Not about all the Christmas carols all over radio. The Safaricom adverts on all YouTube videos that you want to try and watch. Not even the KFC streetwise meal I gave that homeless kid while I was in traffic. (Skipping a meal for someone in need comes naturally to me.)
    It is all about Cosying up to family, sharing those stories you wanted to share for a year, listening to dad’s lame jokes and feasting on mums chapati! If ever there was a day that everything favourite comes together like a celestial event, it’s Christmas. Coz you know…#HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs .

  8. Moment spent with the family is best moments,we love the Christmas holiday season as I and my daughter we like decorating tree and painting,December is one great big interfaith solstice celebration.One way we do( 1)REMEMBER THE NEEDY ONE ,among the meaning _minded who aren’t headed to church, volunteering on Christmas is something of our tradition and we do it by special dinners,gift program ,distribute food and clothes.(2)MAKE GIFT EXCHANGE we emphasize that the process of giving and receiving is more important than the quantity of loot by livening up the process with treasure hunts ,deceptive wrapping competition,guessing games etc (3)SPENDING QUALITY TIME TOGETHEIR and we utilize it by picking something to do together that we only do on Christmas like writing down memories of the year together in a blank book and read over last year memories, take a yearly picture because after all its awfully hard to find time before Christmas to sit down and compose any of those. CHRISTMAS IS ONE SPECIAL HOLIDAY as Both during Christmas time and throughout the rest of the year,we deal with stress like family and relationship problems,health struggles, financial issues and more. However Christmas remind us that God cares and loves us and on Christmas he gave us the ultimate gift.He sent his only son,Jesu and we celebrate his birth this time of the year . #SafaricomXmas #HomeIsWhereHeartIs

  9. #SafaricomXmas #HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs Memories are best made with loved ones. That’s why a marriage is a ready-made unit for the rich production and harvest of memories. Memories enrich a marriage by giving us a common language of shared experience.
    When our children came along, we made sure that we took advantage of car trips to have fun and build relationships.When I’m at work I make sure I call home to check up on them.A memory isn’t a memory if you don’t talk about it, look at pictures of it, and laugh or cry about it. “Do you remember the time …” can be a joyful introduction to a family conversation. One of our favorite questions to revisit as a couple or as a family.I work far most of my conversation with my family is via the phone but every Christmas is a must I come home,we go shopping together, cook,the meal part is usually great, we laugh & bond making my family stronger than ever. .I’m happy God blessed me with a wonderful family and I’ll continue treasuring it I remember my wife met me when I had nothing but choose to stick with me thru thick n thin.I celebrate her n my kids,they are my rare gem

  10. My most cherished memory as a child was Christmas day with my own family. I couldn’t wait for my favorite holiday to arrive when we would gather around the Christmas tree and enjoy each other’s company.
    Approaching Aunt Naomi’s house, our family anticipates the grand holiday about to be rekindled once again. With our family and friends about to be reunited each family member is trying not to notice how long the last mile is taking. The houses along the road seem to crawl by slower as dad pushes harder on the accelerator.
    Finally, we arrive at Aunt Naomi’s house,our long journey is over. We take a huge breath as we step out onto the crispy snow that crunches beneath our boots. The air is fresh and sends a shiver down my spine. I make my way to the frost-coated door that’s illuminated by red and green Christmas lights.
    As I open the door and step into the house, the smell of different Christmas odors surrounds me and makes my mouth water. I hear voices laughing , talking, and inquiring who’s at the door. Suddenly my aunt is upon us giving us hugs and inviting us into the house. As my family and I are quickly shuffled in by my aunt I look around.
    I see a plate full of Christmas cookies.Christmas decorations and Christmas music lightly penetrate the air as the family socializes with each other. The constant murmur of voices serves as background for the music. My cousins are running laps around the den while playing tag and laughing throughout the house.
    Then I hear a voice say to me ” Come give Granny a big hug.” As I come toward her I see an antique smile painted gracefully across her face. I reach out and hug her fragile body. We sit and talk about my wanting to come to her house for a much needed visit.
    The evening continues like this until my aunt announces that supper is ready.#SafaricomXmas #HomeisWhereHeartIs

  11. #HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs #SafaricomXmas
    This christmass gonna be a generous and special one,will take my time to visit my grandparents who took care of me since childhood.will spend time together. Will help my family do unfinished work like washing my grannies clothes,housekeeping, compound cleaning as we welcome the Christmas day itself 25th. Then when Christmas approaches will join the church service as we worship and cerebrate the birth of Christ. A simple and peaceful Christmas will be but a blessing from my grandparents who I love so much.

  12. Spending Christmas with my family is very important and special to me. We usually gather and celebrate at my parent’s house, in Muranga county. My wife, our two kids, and myself travel from Nairobi. My two sisters, their husbands, and children come from neighboring counties Nyeri and Kiambu, for our celebration. We spend the day making chapos, preparing stew and preparing a big Christmas celebration where we all eat together as we have fun . The children love to see each other. They spend the day playing games and sharing their new gifts and toys that we buy for each of them. They get so eager to decorate, that it is hard to restrain them they love this the most.Christmas, for me is about being with family, loving each other and showing each other just exactly how we all feel we make it more focused on reflecting on what we’re thankful for, God’s gift to us, Plus great home cooking that reminds us of growing up and that brings me so much joy and makes my xmass special and distinct from the rest. #HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs #SafaricomXmas

  13. I am Muslim. But I always make sure I gift my friends on this day & cook for them a delicious meal. Then later take them out for fun.

  14. 5 Years ago, I challenged my old to take my ma out for Xmas. You see, being the rural bred family we are, things like outings, dates and couple ‘us-time’ are rarely part of the plan. But I digress. They went out and had such a great time and when they came back, they regaled us with tales of their adventure. This has now become a tradition. Me and my siblings are left behind at home as we cook wine and drink and when the folks come back, it is story-time. This year, I got married and now I think it is time for me to keep the tradition by taking the missus out on a date!

  15. #SafaricomXmas
    #HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs
    Christmas for me is not like any other holiday this is because my grand father was a polygamous man and har 7 wives my mom is born from the fifth wife of my grand father during christmas all the wives together with their children whether married or not must come home for christmas my grandfather though dead used to provide for christmas for all of us but his son took over and does the same the occasion is so big that we slaughter a cow during christmas.During this time everybody introduces themmselves together with their families so that we can get familiar,the atmospher is always lively children playing singing can you imagine 7 grand parents all of them with their children.For us christmas is not always a one day thing like the other holidays we celebrate for a whole week until new year thats when we go home there is nothing like being surrounded by family where every body wishes the best of you truly home is where the whole heart is and belongs.

  16. Well Christmas to my family https://uploads.disquscdn.com/i
    mages/b75ccaf0e7336ef3ec5c37122cbad4a90abb4172b9113fa86be1fb7cf435a4ee.jpg ment that on every 25th December We Would Do a duty roster, On all our aunties and Uncles Who will be Hosting Us On any day before or after 25th december, Mum Bought us Nguo za Neti . It was fashion then Hihi.. I think That there was and is still memorable.. Kept the family On check and Still does maybe through phone calls these days .. But We Thank God For this #HomeIsWhereTheHeartis #SafaricomXmas

  17. Prior to three years ago, Christmas to me was just that, Christmas. Of course after growing up, the frenzy of donning new clothes and food fades away. Hence, other than the usual merry making with friends, there was nothing unique about the day. Christmas had almost lost meaning in my life. This however, would eventually change for the better in the year 2013. God blessed me and my wife a beautiful daughter, who was born on exactly 25th of December, of that year. this was after searching and praying for a baby after five years of marriage. It would really pain me seeing how my family would mistreat and look down upon my wife just for the simple fact that she couldn’t bear children. I however stood by her all that time, since i loved her and i knew that children, in a union, was just but a bonus from God.
    Since that day, Christmas to me means a lot more. It is when we celebrate the birth of our lord Jesus Christ, and also, on a more personal level, it is a thanksgiving day to God for the gift of Mya, my daughter who also celebrates her birthday that same date.
    This year for example, she`ll be turning three and has been constantly asking for a bike. I am getting her one which will be a surprise on Sunday, the d-day.
    Indeed, since 2013, Christmas isn’t just like any other holiday. It means the world to me and my family.
    If am lucky to win one of those gadgets, you’ll have enabled me to be Santa to my wife too, June, who got mugged of her phone some days ago. #HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs #SafaricomXmas
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  18. Prior to three years ago, Christmas to me was just that, Christmas. Of
    course after growing up, the frenzy of donning new clothes and food
    fades away. Hence, other than the usual merry making with friends, there
    was nothing unique about the day. Christmas had almost lost meaning in
    my life. This however, would eventually change for the better in the
    year 2013. God blessed me and my wife a beautiful daughter, who was born
    on exactly 25th of December, of that year. this was after searching and
    praying for a baby after five years of marriage. It would really pain
    me seeing how my family would mistreat and look down upon my wife just
    for the simple fact that she couldn’t bear children. I however stood by
    her all that time, since i loved her and i knew that children, in a
    union, was just but a bonus from God.
    Since that day, Christmas to me
    means a lot more. It is when we celebrate the birth of our lord Jesus
    Christ, and also, on a more personal level, it is a thanksgiving day to
    God for the gift of Mya [pictured with herein] , my daughter who also celebrates her birthday
    that same date. It is also a day of giving back to the society, ensuring
    we share whatever small God has blessed us with , with the less
    privileged in the society. For instance this year we, and our friends,
    have planned to visit Mwanzo Children’s Home, just here in Eldoret and
    share the joy of Christmas with them.
    This year for example, she`ll
    be turning three and has been constantly asking for a bike. I am getting
    her one which will be a surprise on Sunday, the d-day.
    Indeed, since 2013, Christmas isn’t just like any other holiday. It means the world to me and my family.
    If am lucky to win one of those gadgets, you’ll have enabled me to be
    Santa to my wife too, June, who got mugged of her phone some days ago.
    #HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs#SafaricomXmas

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  19. #SafaricomXmasg
    #HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs
    When I was younger Christmas was all about the gifts we would get, the decorations, the Christmas tree and the food we would eat. Now it is my turn to give. Making someone else’s Christmas special is very fulfilling.

  20. #SafaricomXmas #HomeiswheretheheartIs

    Just like any typical Kenyan Christmas would start a day prior to the exact day that  is on the 24th.two buckets full of mandazi would be prepared to be taken for the next 3days Pss:we are only 5.

    But you know how villagers would make stopovers in each house to make sure they have a taste of every dish. Come chrismas we wake up as early as 5 to prepare a few African quisines by 9 we are ready to dig in.What makes chrismas special is the fact thathat we all converge at home unlike the other holidays where we don’t meet up because of our different hustlestyles. We get to share our ups and downs of the year plus our achievements and targets for the coming year.we stroll around as a family and take a few photos.Ofcos we cannot end the day without visiting a few children’s  home in the area and donating a few items.

    Thanks @potentash for giving us this platform to share our experiences 

  21. Well, for us the village folks Christmas is that time for us where we get to see what it means to LIVE. See, for all year round we are used to being herbivores, foraging only on vegetation-sukuma wiki and the likes. But come 25th, our canines are put to work. And yes, we also get to taste processed goods like other people. We have already formatted our stomachs ready to cause mass destruction on every eatable thing that will be put on the table on Christmas.

  22. This is my first Chris Celebrations in Shagz -Kitui with Cucu (Grandma) since 2009.

    We shall be meeting as grandchildren with family and friends.

    #SafaricomXmas #HomeiswheretheheartIs

  23. #SafaricomXmas #HomeiswheretheheartIs

    Days before Christmas, my family and I usually go to Nyumba Ya Wazee here in Mombasa to donate foodstuffs, clothings and many more! From there we go to the Mombasa Childrens Home also to donate foodstuff and clothing for the children. On Christmas Day we just enjoy at home with friends and family making frenzy and merry with all to eat that has been cooked! Watching movies like the all time Home Alone then later on The Birth of Jesus Christ with the whole family and friends and teaching the younger ones about Jesus!

    #SafaricomXmas #HomeiswheretheheartIs

  24. Ever since the year 1996, my Christmas has always been special. What happened that year changed the way we as a family celebrated the Christmas festivities altogether. on 24th of December 1996, we received the worst ever news that spread gloom throughout the family, in fact, no one celebrated that Christmas that year.
    Our grandfather had been battling diabetes for long but on that fateful date, he went to be with the lord. Although i was still young, i could comprehend the magnitude of the matter and the effects it left on the family at large. He was the pillar of that family, in essence, he acted as the glue that bound the family together. the vacuum that he left behind has since been too huge to fill. What we were left with were the memories and continuing with his good deeds. He used to fund Nerkwo Small Home for kids with special needs, so in a way too, the community lost.
    Ever since that fateful day, it has been a tradition to have a memorial(Makumbusho) in his honor on 24th, Christmas`s eve. In a way, his departure brought the family even more closer. From 20th of December, all families start arriving home, since my dad is the first born thus grandpa was buried in our farm, we usually host the whole family for not only that event but also on Christmas day.
    Am saying it is a blessing because it is a norm that however busy you are , from any part of this world, we must be there for the function. We then prepare for Christmas which is also celebrated as a unit, with all our uncles, aunties, cousins, nephews, nieces as well as all our in-laws etc , where we engage, share our aspirations, successes, challenges and so on.
    We also made it a tradition to visit the small home he used to assist and continue with his charitable acts, that way we know that in a way we make his soul happy wherever he is.
    I believe that makes my Christmas so unique and special, because of the sole reason that we not only celebrate the birth of Jesus, but we also celebrate our grandfather`s legacy while at the same time spreading the joy of Christmas. Can`t wait to get home tomorrow.
    #HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs
    #SafaricomXmas

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