Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Christmas in Australia on a scorchin’ summers day!
Well it’s Christmas Eve here in Australia, although it certainly doesn’t feel like it. And I don’t think that it is simply because I am away from home and this is different from any Christmas I have ever experienced. There is no snow, no seasonal Starbucks drinks, no cinnamon or gingerbread scents wafting through the air. Surprisingly that is not what I find odd about this Christmas. What is strange to me is that this Christmas also doesn’t feel like every description I was told of as I anticipated its arrival. As the famous Aussie Christmas carol I quoted above states: this is supposed to be one of the hottest days of the year; like hot hot Australian hot (40+ degrees Celsius).
Currently the sky lours dismally, the winds are picking up and its maybe 21 degrees. I’m floating in Christmas limbo; it’s not cold, it’s not hot, yet we’re a few days off the summer/winter solstice (depending on where you live) and it was hotter in spring!
I feel unsure about this whole situation. However I am sure that once I am together with the family and we are all drinking and playing games and listening to Christmas carols the festivity will come to life.
Anyways, I hope that wherever you are in the world, your Christmas is filled with love, because that’s the one thing that truly makes it Christmas.
Dashing through the bush in a rusty Holden Ute,
Kicking up the dust, esky in the boot,
Kelpie by my side, singing Christmas songs,
It’s summer time and I am in my singlet, shorts and thongs!