Christmas Comes During Financial Crunch Time for Many Kenyans

This Christmas comes at a time when the country is facing serious economic challenges. As a result, Kenyans are expected to dig deep into their pockets to celebrate the festive season. 

Christmas is the most celebrated holiday in the country, with many Kenyans spending more and more money on this day. For some, this is the right time to travel upcountry to celebrate with family and friends. 

Christmas is, of course, a worldwide Christian celebration. 

Some Kenyans may not enjoy their Christmas this year, as their financial situation is worse than last year.

A survey released by Trends for Insight Africa (TIFA) has revealed that 60 per cent of all Kenyans feel that their financial status is worse than in the same period last year.

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Some 42 percent said they would spend less this Christmas than last year. Surprisingly, 11 per cent said they would not spend their money on Christmas festivities, eight per cent were not sure, six per cent would spend the same amount as last year, while 33 percent would spend more.

Also, 21 per cent feel their financial situation is better, 11 per cent that it is still the same, while nine per cent do not know.

Eastern region had the highest number of respondents who feel their financial status had worsened, at 78 per cent, followed by North Eastern (70), Central (65),  Western (64), Nyanza (62), Rift valley (56), Nairobi (54), and the Coast at 54 per cent. 
However, 33 per cent of respondents in Rift Valley rand 29 per cent in Nairobi feel that their financial situation is better. 

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According to the TIFA research, Kenyans will spend about Ksh4,348 on average over Christmas on travel, accommodation, food and stipends to their parents and extended family members.

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Zablon Ondari

I am a journalist, who is passionate about writing articles. This interest carried me through the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication and now I am in the industry and this continues. I have some extensive experience in writing human interest stories, sports and politics. I am self-motivated but a team player. Find out more about me on Facebook, Instagram as Zablon Riro and on Twitter @RiroZablon. E-mail