20.12.2005 5 °C
Merriest and Happiest of Christmases and New Years to you all!
Here in Jolly England its chilly and rather damp. The early winter promise of snow has not yet materialised but to be honest if you live south of the highlands you can't expect too much!
Cambridge's threatened christmas lights are safely up and glowing like little balls of warmth against the winter chill and all the bungalows in our village are currently holding a christmas decoration competition that Tim "the Toolman" Taylor would be proud of. When you consider that bungalows in England are typically the residence of retired folk who can no longer manage stairs you will see a whole new facet for humour in this comment!
The pressies are wrapped, the chockies have all been bought, the parties are almost all over - Christmas is nearly here! The primary differences between NZ and UK have been discussed ad nuseum with a dozen different people who are fascinated by the concept of cold meat and salad on Christmas day (and when you mention the water fights their eyes positively bug out!), and everyone is negotiating with everyone else about who will stay and work through the week between boxing day and new years!
Christmas was a smart move by the catholic church. Deciding to take over the pagan winter solstice festival was a display of immense wisdom. I say this because if they had not allowed people in the northern hemisphere to celebrate at the heart of this most dark and gloomy time they wouldn't have had followers for long. As it is Cambridge town centre with its cute lights flashing and glowing from 3pm everyday and brightening everybodies previously gloomy spirits.
I am hopeful of snow on Christmas day. I missed it last year because I was celebrating kiwi-style (in the sun) but this year we are heading north and north is where the snow is (I hope!)
So joyeux noel from me to you. Happy Winter or Sunny Summer depending on where you are. Best Wishes and if I son't see you before New Years - have a good one!
C. (Travelling Mc)