Christmas in Africa is not a time of great consumption as it happens in other parts of the world, but it is true that there are countries where people exchange gifts. For example, in Zimbabwe, when the religious acts are over, it is common for people to go out into the streets to start the real celebration.

Families visit their friends until they get home and at each stop they exchange gifts and food with the hosts. A party with a very community character where no one celebrates in the privacy of the home and where everyone is always welcome. For this reason, it is common for the doors of the houses to remain open and loud music is played, from Christmas carols to the most popular songs of the moment.

In South Africa it is also common to give gifts between family members, but, in addition, the day after Christmas is known as «Goodwill Day», when donations of all kinds are made, such as clothes, toys and food, which are destined for the most needy. A custom that derives from the English tradition of «Boxing Day».