Festive Season: A time for family, friends and loved ones!

14th December 2023

UKZN Extended Learning

– by Ayanda Radebe

The festive season is finally upon us! And there is no better way to celebrate it than gathering together and connecting with family, friends or loved ones. This is the time of the year when individuals break away from daily routines and responsibilities to either spend time with family and loved ones or take a well-deserved holiday. The festive season incorporates Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and various other holidays and festivals. It is also associated with a period of shopping, the ‘Christmas shopping season,’ which comprises a peak season for retail shops and a period of sales at the end of the season.

The festive season reminds us to embrace the spirit of giving, not only through material gifts but also with acts of kindness and generosity towards others. In the corporate calendar, most employees experience year-end fatigue around these times. When the festive season approaches, it is considered a time to unwind and reward yourself for all the hard work you have put in throughout the year. This is the time to let go of your worries and stress and indulge in life’s simple pleasures.

No matter where you are, there are always reasons to be together during this time of the year. Whether organising a getaway trip or hosting something as simple as a braai, the main goal is to be together. As we immerse ourselves in the festive season, let us remember the true essence of love, joy and togetherness. Be it through cherished traditions, delicious foods or acts of kindness towards one another. A wonderful, joyous and happy festive season to all!