Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Why do we eat rice at Christmas?

The radio station which I fondly listen to every morning went out to the streets this Christmas and asked two questions:

1.      Why do we eat rice during Christmas?

2.      Must we eat rice at Christmas?

I think the answers to these questions are a no brainer.

Question 1 is akin to asking a woman – why do you cook with knorr cubes? And the answer is simply because my mother taught me to! We eat rice at Christmas because our parents taught us to.
Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, people looked forward to eating rice at Christmas. I have fond memories of Christmas in the ‘80s and early ‘90s at my Grandma’s. Every year some not-so-privileged children would dress up and pay her a visit on Christmas day hoping to eat some rice. She would give them a huge tray with heap rice and goat meat scattered all over it with about 15 spoons jutting out of the heap of rice.

We grew up eating rice at Christmas and our Christmas gifts would be incomplete if we didn’t receive a bag of rice and vegetable oil from our employers. It is tradition.
As for the follow-up question, my answer is a big YES!

American’s eat Turkey at Thanksgiving, the British eat Turkey at Christmas and Nigerians eat rice at Christmas. If you never thought of it that way, begin to do so. We should keep eating rice and pass on the tradition to our children and next generations. Don’t replace rice with Pounded Yam or Salads!
Do eat rice come Christmas 2013, gain some calories and you can go on salads or a protein diet afterwards!
Happy 2013 to you all!

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