By Christine Katende
Many things happen in a year; celebrations such as births and marriages. As we celebrate Christmas this year, Christine Katende looks at people that got married this year and their plans for their first Noel together.
James Muwonge and Margret Nantege
James: We wedded on August 24, 2019 and we are making four months in marriage on Christmas Eve. But since we have been celebrating the day with our families over the years, as newlyweds, we plan to celebrate from our new home, it is next year that we will invite both our families to celebrate with us. For the first, we are staying home, we plan to go out for theatre shows. However, since none of us is going home, we agreed to send them money for the day’s preparations.
Margret: We decided to spend our day at our home. I will wake up early morning to prepare what we will eat after prayers as we used to do with our parents. Then on Boxing Day we will go out, may be to the beach to have fun together.
Micheal and Brenda Sitakange
Micheal: Living together came along with challenges. It was totally a new phenomenon to us given the fact that we never cohabited at all. However, since we have always had Christmas with family we plan to stay home with our newborn child. Unless if we receive an invite, we plan to spend the day home.
Brenda: As children, no matter how old we get, Christmas would be more exciting as a family, it really felt special with parents and siblings around. However, since I got married, I am learning to be away from my other family. My husband and baby are my new family. We haven’t planned on what to do or how the season is going to be spent. But I know it is going to be us alone with our lovely daughter.
Ben Mukisa and Sharom
Ben: We met at a church where we were all ministering in worship team. We did not date for long since we started our wedding preparations almost after meeting. While adjusting to this new life, I have unlearned and learnt a lot of things from her. This Christmas, we intend to be with my family in village because my wife wants to spend the day with her mother-in-law.
Sharom: We wedded on April 27, 2019 and so far, we are moving on well. I believe that I chose a good person, but I believe that Jesus is the centre of all. As a wife, I can only say God has been faithful to us in all areas of life. This Christmas being our first celebration away from our parents’ homes, we decided to go to his parents’ home.
Denis and Prossy Kyambadde
Denis: Honestly it’s not my first Christmas, but the first one since we got married. We have been spending holidays with our parents but this time, we decided to celebrate the day together with our son. Many newlyweds are invited by friends and relatives but we are staying home, we expect to have visitors from both sides though.
Prossy: It is not easy to leave off the memories of celebrating Christmas with family but as a newly wedded couple, this will be a special time for us. Life is what you make it and the moment I accepted the marriage proposal, it meant that I am starting a new life with my husband. That is what I am going to embrace this Christmas.
Collins Sunga and Kelly Nabwire
Collins: As a new couple, we are planning to spend the time together, know each more and have fun. It’s however challenging but we are adjusting to each other’s ways and ambitions as we settle down. I look forward to celebrating and enjoying our first ever Christmas with my wife.
Kelly: This Christmas we have decided to be home, I am going to prepare my first big meal for my husband. Later we shall be going for an outing.
Enock Kyeyune and Nakiwala Jemimah
Enock: It is a thrilling experience starting a new life and a family with someone you love. The decisions I make have to be thought through since it’s now the two of us. We are yet to decide on which family to spend Christmas with, either hers or mine.
Jemimah: This new life is great so far, thanks to the church counselling we got. We are different people raised in different ways, so adjusting to a new life isn’t smooth. For the case of being away from home, we will get used eventually. We are excited about having our first Christmas together