Let the good times roll

Glamour (South Africa) - - Editor’s Letter -

The fes­tive season has ar­rived in all its heat and glory. The pop­u­lar ques­tion from the o ce wa­ter cooler to What­sapp con­ver­sa­tions then be­comes, “What are your hol­i­day plans?” As South Africans, we cel­e­brate in dier­ent ways. Our ex­pe­ri­ence is not only lim­ited to our coun­try or to the ur­ban sur­round­ings we work and live in, but cul­tur­ally as well. De­cem­ber in some South African fam­i­lies means ini­ti­a­tion cer­e­monies, wed­dings and other cel­e­bra­tory fam­ily gath­er­ings. When the fes­tive season rolls around some think of go­ing back ‘ home’. There is that spe­cific pe­riod from mid De­cem­ber where some of us pack our travel essen­tials and make the big com­mute to wher­ever ko gae is. The soul craves a fam­ily bond, tra­di­tional food, the ru­ral sur­round­ings, the hum­ble way of life away from the big city life.

To some, De­cem­ber means fam­i­lies re­fus­ing to al­low you to check into a ho­tel, but rather share a bed, the floor, or the sleeper couch with sib­lings or ex­tended fam­ily. It means cook­ing to­gether, hi­lar­i­ous neigh­bour­hood gos­sip, 8pm soapie time, re­watch­ing old videos, flick­ing through photo al­bums, end­less braais and sev­en­colour plates. De­pend­ing on your hol­i­day ri­tu­als with friends and fam­ily, the last few days of the month marks the re­turn to the city, just in time for New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions. The sched­ule and the pace of life then shifts. The sound­track maybe switches from Afro pop and bal­lads (or what­ever your aunt is into cur­rently) to the new gqom, trap or dance track on your per­sonal playlist. It’s the dusk till dawn par­ties, long leisurely lunches, braais, sun­down­ers and fes­ti­vals. The strad­dling of th­ese two worlds is what in­spired this is­sue. It’s about the con­tracts of how we cel­e­brate.

How­ever you’ll be ring­ing in the new year, en­joy it to its fullest. Take a mo­ment to re­flect on this year’s vic­to­ries, lessons and high­lights, and give your­self a well earned pat on the back. Cel­e­brate your­self. Treat your­self. We have a va­ri­ety of gift ideas for you, her, him and the kids in your life in our ‘ Gift Guide’. We cel­e­brate the bub­bling fash­ion tal­ent emerg­ing from Dur­ban – an of­ten ne­glected fash­ion hub. We also hon­our Glam­our’s Women Of The Year – our an­nual recog­ni­tion of the col­lec­tive force of women.

Wish­ing you, our beloved reader, a sparkle-filled fes­tive season and a blessed new year. We will see you on the other side of 2019! Asanda

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