The festive fun-filled month is underway….hard to believe. The tree is up, the Christmas music is playing, the presents are wrapped yet things feel a bit strange. December in South Africa is quite different than America's winter wonderland this time of year.
For one, it is summertime and it is HOT. With temperatures in the 90’s it sure takes on a different feel than the Mid-West winters I grew up with.
December 1st also denotes the end of a school year giving students a 6 week long holiday. So really November is the “busiest” month in my opinion. All the culminating school activities, parties, plays, and preparations for the holiday happen for us in November. So the hectic pace you are experiencing now is actually coming to an end for me (thank the Lord).
The weirdest thing of all is the fact that people don’t celebrate like ‘we’ do instead most go on vacation. It is summertime and schools are out so off to the coast people go. They put a small Christmas tree in the boot (trunk) of the car and they celebrate at a condo on the beach. By December 15, Johannesburg will look like a ghost town. Some businesses actually shut down for the month…..strange hey?!
Our Christmas holiday will be a hot, quiet one filled with lots of swimming to stay cool (homes do not have AC)……even Tori’s baby doll went for a dip to cool off.
That is my ‘strange’ holiday synopsis. What was your strangest Christmas holiday and/or memory?