Tag Archives: Christmas

It’s WordPress Snowflake Time!

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.

An African Christmas tree  ©2016 Regina Martins
An African Christmas tree
©2016 Regina Martins

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?


Who Wouldn’t Want to Go on this Ride?

Day Seven – Big and Point of View

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is a magical place at any time of the year. Last year the Christmas decorations and fun rides went up in October.

This is one of my all time favourite pics, not only because of the time of year, but the PoV is one I love playing with.

The ferris wheel at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront, a magical place at any time of the year.
The ferris wheel at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, a magical place at any time of the year.


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What else but Christmas warmth?

It is summer here in the Southern Hemisphere. The weather is hot and humid, but somehow Christmas is not complete without a decorated pine tree.

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For my family here in South Africa, Christmas is a mixture of traditions: a Portuguese cod fish dish on Christmas Eve, stuffed turkey with all the trimmings on Christmas Day. In many other families it is a braai. Instead of a fire in the hearth, we have a braai fire. Instead of snow we have soft rain. Instead of egg-nog we have champagne (in my family at least).

It is family time!

This week's theme for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Warmth. Click to go on over to see other bloggers' interpretations of this week's theme.

The end of the sticky tape

Christmas present wrapping normally presents with some interesting problems. Like wrapping irregular shaped presents, and being left over with pieces of paper that fit no present and can’t be used for much.

And what about those big presents that need more than 1 roll to wrap and you don’t have matching paper (for those OCD types this must pose quite a conundrum). And running out of paper on Christmas Eve must count as one of the worse things ever! Oh…and what about running out of sticky tape?

But the one faced yesterday in a certain Knysna household involved the end of the sticky tape. Like, where is it…?

A certain Granny Greene comes into the dining room at 1am and the following is what transpired. Jethro Tull is blaring in the background so the voices are slightly raised.

Granny Greene: I’m going to call it a day, because I’m p&%$ off. My eyes are tired, I can’t see properly anymore and I can’t find the end of the sticky tape.

My husband: I think that’s the lamest excuse I’ve ever heard.

Sister-in-law: We’ve got no trouble finding our end, we’re holding up our end of the bargain. (holds up the roll with the end sticking up).

Granny Greene: Well I’ve lost it, I’m like the lost lambs.

My husband: I’m reconsidering going to Mass on Christmas Day with you because you’re a bad influence.

Granny Greene: I dropped the tape on the carpet and it got stuck on the carpet. I can’t find the f&%$ end.

My husband: Oh well, now you tell us you dropped it on the carpet. Then it should be obvious which is the end – it’s the furry end.

Granny Greene: Next year I’m going to give money, you can all get your own and wrap them.

My husband: Here’s the queue…(pointing behind him).

The following morning Granny Greene announced that she was the last to finish wrapping presents.

So here are 5 awesome tips to prevent losing the end of the sticky tape…and your mind:

  • Go Mythbusters and use duct-tape.
  • Use green Pick and Pay bags.
  • Don’t wrap presents.
  • Give money.
  • Try not to wrap presents at 1am.

It was all tears-running-down-the-face funny.

Trust me.

Ok, maybe you had to be there 🙂