It’s the first of December and that means two things for me – Summer is here! And I can now officially start celebrating and getting excited about Christmas!! The stores have been doing it for about a month (or more) now, but in the real world it has been frowned upon to get out the Christmas gear in November, so I have been (im)patiently waiting for this day to come so I can crank out the decorations and officially get into the Christmas spirit.
I have pretty much spent this entire weekend focused on Christmas. On Friday, I purchased a brand new bottle of Baileys. It is totally my Christmas drink of choice, and unfortunately my supply ran out quite some months ago, so I was very excited to not only re-stock, but also get two new fancy glasses to drink it in for free! #winning
Yesterday I downloaded an advent calendar app for my phone and we also purchased some new decorations to spruce up our rather small faux Christmas tree. I actually felt like a kid on Christmas Eve last night, knowing that today I could Christmas-ify our apartment. A little bit too sad to admit?!
After my hour-long walk this morning, I treated us to a delicious Maple Latte from Gloria Jean’s and updated both the lock and home screens of my phone with Christmas images. The home-made wreath I put together last year got a much-needed revamp from my partner today and I must say it looks fabulous now, hanging on our wall. Finally it came time to work on the tree! With Christmas carols playing in the background, we set to work and bought our tree to life. We totally have too many lights and decorations for our little tree, but I quite like it bursting with colour and baubles! I was even able to put presents underneath, thanks to my wonderful mother sending some over from home.
It’s kind of weird though, and I have only really started thinking about it this year – Christmas for us is Summer time. It doesn’t snow. We aren’t roasting chestnuts on an open fire. There is no one-horse open sleigh or Frosty the Snowman over here. We don’t require naff yet awesome Christmas jumpers and usually it is too hot to even think about cocoa! Instead our Christmas holidays usually consist of barbecues, drinking beers/ciders outside in the sun, going away for camping trips and visiting the beach. We totally still have a full roast Christmas lunch with all the trimmings and end up stuffing ourselves into food-comas as Christmas movies play in the background. I mean, that’s what Christmas is all about right?! I don’t think I have ever seen a New Zealand or Australian Christmas movie. We are pretty much brought up seeing Christmas as a Winter Wonderland – although most of us have never experienced one before. I was wondering today about why that was – why aren’t there more Southern Hemisphere Christmas paraphernalia? Why is it all snowmen and gingerbread and Santa wearing a full kit of Winter gear? We sing along to snowy carols and most of the store windows around here even feature fake snow! In Summer. Really?
It doesn’t stop me wanting that Winter experience though. I mean, a Santa in boardies and sunglasses just isn’t the same. And I love the wintry Christmas smells of fresh pine, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugared plums and a warm hearth – so naturally I purchased a bunch of Yankee Candle melts in a few delicious Christmas flavours. Now I can have the winter Christmas without the cold.