Christmas Day in Thornton Bay.....

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christmas day at the beach

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.

christmas day sunset
  Snow men dont really exist.  They would melt.  And people have BBQ's on the beach instead of huge dinners, again because of the heat.  Cold meat selections, with salads tend to be the winner - and turkeys are no worse off at this time of the year than any other.  Also because of the long summer evenings, people dont bother with putting christmas lights on their houses - you would have to wait up until 10pm just to turn them on!

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.

Me and my bestest travel buddy in all the lands, Alex
  Had it just been me and Alex god knows what would have happened..... two very homesick, drunken girls I would imagine.  But my prayers were answered when I learnt that my mum and kiwi step-dad had booked flights to join us from the UK.  I was estatic about the prospect..... my Mums roast dinner.....presents!!!!!   All with the added bonus of sunshine.

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.

The Gang
 It was so odd, swimming in the sea with christmas hats on....  and we werent the only ones. Thornton Bay is one of the best beaches along the Thames Coast Highway and several familes had flocked, jet ski, dingis, fishing rods, BBQ's and beer all in tow. 

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!

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christmas day at the beach
christmas day at the beach
christmas day sunset
christmas day sunset
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