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Dreaming of a white Christmas?

December 24, 2010

Growing up I, like most people I imagine, was exposed to the idea of a ‘white’ Christmas, through mediums such as TV and movies.  These ‘perfect’ Christmas’s involved cosy settings around fireplaces, kids having snow fights and building snowmen, ice skating and tacky knitted jumpers.

Well this year, for the first time in my life, I’m about to experience a white Christmas here in the UK.  Needless to say I’m pretty excited!We’re packing the car to the brim with food, booze and games and heading to a picturesque cottage in the country, complete with a fireplace, Christmas tree and a snow-covered yard for building snowmen.

As I excitedly spoke of this to a colleague today I was pleased to hear him wholly agree that this indeed does sound like an excellent way to spend Christmas.  Food, booze and friends in a cottage in the country – you can’t go wrong, was along the lines of what he said.  I mentioned that it feels a bit strange to have a Christmas without the family game of cricket in a singlet and thongs (flip flops), stubbies in hand, a BBQ sizzling away nearby and an esky fully of ice cold beer.

He replied that he did experience a Christmas in Australia once and he found it very strange.  As much as he enjoyed the sun and surf and partying atmosphere, it just wasn’t synonymous with the festive season.

Interesting.

The more I think about it, the more I feel that this hemisphere seems to have things the right way around.  Christmas is meant to be an intimate time spent with loved ones.  It’s meant to be relaxing and a time for reflection.  Six months later when summer hits, then it’s party time.  You won’t see a Brit indoors during that time of year.  Whereas back on the other side of the world, after Christmas has passed, so has summer and the partying atmosphere for a whole year.  That kinda sucks.

What do you think?  Dreaming of a white Christmas or happy to have beers by the beach?

Well, wherever you are in the world and however you like to enjoy it – please do have yourself a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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