Friday, 14 December 2007

Do They Know It's Christmas?

Christmas has really sneaked up on me this year. I still haven't got used to the Australian weather this time of year, not so much Christmas itself, but the lead up to it.

In the UK, the kids would go back to school in early September and up would go the Christmas decorations in the stores. After Bonfire Night (Nov 5th) the in-store Christmas carols would kick in and drive everybody mad. Of course, the weather helps this by precluding a lot of outdoor activity and encouraging people to hurry into stores and malls.

Here, it's 32 degrees today (centigrade). It's more tempting to go down to the beach than the shopping mall. Christmas Day itself I'm getting used to. We alternate between a barbecue outside and a traditional (English) roast turkey dinner. This year we're out by the BBQ and the weather usually cooperates. This is Melbourne, however, and anything can happen. The first year we were here it was 37 degrees at lunchtime but a cool change came through in the afternoon and the temperature dropped 20 degrees! Boxing Day, it never got over 14 degrees and we had to put the heating back on.

Still, I wouldn't change it. I don't think I could stand the constant heat of further North.

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