Christmas Day in Thornton Bay.....
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To experience Christmas in the opposite hemisphere to normal takes some getting used to.....
In England, Christmas automatically represents cold nights in front of a fire, houses lite up with fairy lights, snowmen, and enourmous roast dinners and all the other totally un-necessary, but fabulous edible goodies. You dont realise how much of the christmas 'hype' stems from the weather. It never even crossed my mind - I just thought, hey, it will be a hot Christmas.......er no. EVERYTHING is different! Come December in NZ, the excitement grows just the same as anywhere, but unlike the British Santa that suddenly appears in every shop window or home, the Kiwi Santa is adorning jandals and shorts- because, well obviously.... its too warm for him to be wearing those huge fluffy trousers in that kind of heat.
Another big difference was what people choose to do with the day; with the warm weather bellowing, families are able to get out into nature for their Crimbo celebrations- flocking to the beaches or various, uncountable honey-pots in this amazing country.
I think that we managed a combination of both cultures well.
The day started with breakfast, but not huddled up in thermal pajamas's but instead out on the balcony, overlooking the Firth of Thames, watching the day unfold. The nice weather held out well all day long, allowing us ample time after an early (al beit enourmous) dinner for lazing on the beach.
Eventually we migrated back to the house, onto the comfy chairs off the blacony and watched one of the best sunsets I ever saw there. Which is saying something, as most days promised something pretty dramatic from the top of our hill. Ultimately, the day ended just the same had I have been anywhere - infront of the tele, watching sterotypically amusing christmas day movies with the company of loved ones. Cant say any fairer than that!