Christmas is four days away and characteristic of the days leading to December 25, the nation’s capital, Accra, is bubbling with human movements and frustrating vehicular traffic.
What started as a slow build-up has suddenly assumed the usual busy pace of activities with many of the major roads in the Central Business District bursting at the seams.
In spite of this, many traders and vendors say business has been slow as the human and vehicular traffic is yet to translate into brisk business for them.
However, they remain hopeful that the usual fever-pitch shopping experienced around this period will pick up over the weekend and going into the final two days before Christmas Day when many workers would have received their salaries and expected bonuses.
Decoration and mood
Last night, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, switched on lights on a Christmas tree at the Flagstaff House after which a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols followed to officially usher in the celebrations.
Many corporate organisations, filling stations and banks have also created the atmosphere in their organisations with Christmas decorations.
The Liberation roundabout, popularly referred to as the Ridge Roundabout, on the Liberation Road, has been turned into a ‘light city for Christmas’ by Ecobank Ghana. Inside the Ako Adjei Interchange circle, Standard Chartered Bank has also posted an immaculate signature of Christmas lighting and decoration.
Other corporate institutions along the street, including MTN Ghana, Agricultural Development Bank, CAL Bank, Zenith Bank, StanChart and Afrikiko Leisure Gardens, have gone the extra mile to make their Christmas decorations very spectacular, especially at night.
Unlike in the past where many shops would be playing Christmas carols all in a bid to attract customers, that is so far missing as most of the shops have their systems tuned in to various radio stations.
Many traders on the streets have also temporarily abandoned their usual stocks and now turned attention to selling Christmas decorations and other paraphernalia that characterize the season. Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are those of the writers and do not reflect those of Peacefmonline.com. Peacefmonline.com accepts no responsibility legal or otherwise for their accuracy of content. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it as a matter of priority.