There’s nothing more relaxing for me than to be at the seaside and gaze upon the vast expanse of the ocean. Last weekend was one such time where I was able to do that. This is the view from our Airbnb place.
It’s WordPress snowflakes overlay time again. I love the falling snow that is activated on many sites on December 1st!
Last year someone asked me why I have snowflakes falling across my site since I live in the southern hemisphere. And it is summer in the southern hemisphere, hot as hades and glorious swim weather in December.
Christmas for me is associated not only with summer weather but also with snow. Many of the children’s books that I grew up with were all about Jingle Bells, snowmen, sleds and reindeer. We put up a Christmas tree that is a replica of a fir or pine tree and we decorate it with red nosed snowmen and fake snow.
Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and Jingle Bells is heard throughout all shopping malls.
So we are a diverse bunch here in the southern hemisphere. The traditions of Christmas around the world seem to converge down here in the south of the world.
And having snow fall across my site in December is a fun reminder (as I look out at my glorious green garden) that Christmas is what you make of it.
Some people put up a traditional replica of a baobab tree, typical to our African continent. I think that it’s appropriate. A mish mash of traditions, our own and borrowed.
The intent of the season is the same. For me it means family, celebrating a good year and getting ready for the new year.
What does Christmas mean to you?
Mozambican-born Portuguese South African; reflecting on travel, writing, editing, life, family and change that has social impact; chief wide eyed in wanderer, wonderer and bottlewasher