It’s Christmas day, to some a family day, and people who observe it have various ways to celebrate it.
However the Day started on a different but positive note in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape with an open air church service at the Happy Valley beach in Port Elizabeth.
The service has attracted hundreds of holiday-makers.
They also bade farewell to the Reverend Deric Derbyshire of St Peter’s Congregation Church, who started the open air beach front service 35 years ago.
The 70-year clergy suffered a stroke which left him frail. He says it’s time for young people to take over.
In Mahikeng too, the spirit of Christmas prevailed. Said one resident: “It’s going to start out as we are going to church and after that we have to prepare lunch with the family.”
Eastern Cape Premier, Pumullo Masualle has visited new born babies in Frere, and Cecilia Makiwane hospitals in East London and showered them with gifts.
Thus far the province has welcomed 43 Christmas babies, with Frere hospital delivering the highest number with six newly borns. Masualle welcomed the babies and congratulated their mothers