The silly season is upon us people. In less than a week we will be gathering around that tree, exchanging gifts and consuming way too much food (and other things, namely that of the alcohol variety…) I have only ever experienced a summer Christmas and it got me thinking about how celebrating in a colder climate may affect one’s celebrations. I’ve compiled a short list of comparison below for your enjoyment:
1) Snow vs Sun,Sun,SUN
Yes, playing in the fluffy white stuff can be fun, but if you ask me, the novelty soon wears off. I would much rather spend my time basking in the glorious sunshine while sipping my cold beverage of choice, than spend hours in the freezing snow building a snowman and making snow angels. I can’t really see the appeal of numb fingers and toes.
Snow: 0 Sun:1
2) Gaudy Christmas Sweater vs Itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-bikini
Itchy, scratchy and downright oog-ly! Apologies to all those people who look forward all year long to wearing these fashion abominations. If you have grown up with your family donning Christmas sweaters sporting a 3D Rudolph or magical green and red argyle pattern, then I can understand why you would feel the overwhelming desire to own one. I, on the other hand, have no interest in owning or wearing one, now or ever. Pretty bikinis – now those I have no issue with.
Christmas Sweater: 0 Bikini: 1
3) Mulled Wine vs an Ice-Cold Beer
This is a tough one. Mulled wine definitely has its charms – the sweet aromas of cinnamon, cloves and orange, that warm sensation you feel in your belly after a few sips… It really is Christmas in a cup! No argument there. However, no one ever said no to a yummy, summery cocktail or an ice-cold beer to quench that thirst. In all fairness though, I think my friend gluvine takes the gold here, not only because it is really delicious, but because it is quintessentially Christmas.
Mulled wine: 1 Cocktails/Ice-Cold Beer: 0
4) Al Fresco Dining vs Snuggles by the Fireplace
Another toughie. Enjoying the warmth from the crackling fire while you dig into your gammon and sip your Merlot doesn’t sound like a terrible way to spend Christmas Day. On the other hand though, feeling the cool breeze on my face as I sip champers on the patio and watch the kids frolic in the pool also doesn’t sound too awful… Don’t feel there’s a clear winner here folks.
Al Fresco: 1 Fireplace Snuggles: 1
A summery Christmas in the sun is all I know but I can see the appeal of celebrating inside, all nice and cosy, surrounded by cute decorations, polo necks and a raging fire. It has to be said that the warm colours of red, green and gold do tend to lend themselves better to a winter-themed Christmas, but I guess I am an eternal fan of summer and couldn’t imagine Christmas any other way. Whether it’s hot or cold, the traditions tend to remain the same everywhere: cheesy Christmas tunes courtesy of Mariah Carey, gifts aplenty, a festooned tree, hand-picked decorations, way too much food and of course, lots of festive cheer.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. 2014 is going to be beautiful.
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