Christmas falls during summer where I live in New Zealand. While I was growing up I always heard about New Zealanders who spend Christmas day at the beach. Not true in our family!
Christmas to me means:
1. Warm days, sometimes with rain since we live in a subtropical zone.
2. The pohutukawa trees come out in bloom with their bright scarlet pom-pom flowers.
3. Our daylight saving is in full swing so the days are long to make the most of the good weather.
4. All our local towns and suburbs hold their Christmas parades.
5. Christmas carols start playing in the shops and malls.
6. The towns and malls bring out their Christmas decorations.
7. We have a family discussion about who will host lunch on Christmas day.
8. The kids all break up for Christmas holiday – about 6 weeks off school.
9. Office parties!
10. Shopping for presents.
11. Filling up the pantry and freezer with Christmas treats.
12. Fresh strawberries and asparagus. Pavlova!
14. Excited and tired children.
15. Christmas trees and the decorations we add to every year.
16. Christmas stockings.
18. A glass of Pimms with fruit and mint garnish.
19. Smoked salmon sandwiches.
20. Homemade truffles.
21. An advent calendar.
22. My husband and his brother go to purchase fresh oysters.
24. Staying up late to walk around our neighborhood to view the Christmas lights.
25. Watching our neighbor take two weeks to put up his Christmas lights.
26. Reading Christmas romances. I have some to suggest – Merry & Seduced, Festive & Seduced or Christmas is Coming, all by me.
What does Christmas mean to you? Do you enjoy reading Christmas romances?