Christmas in Summer...

Jocelyn - posted on 11/09/2010 ( 63 moms have responded )

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What's it like?
I just can't imagine Christmas in 30 degree + (Celsius) weather!
How do you decorate?

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In NZ and probably Australia, we still sing all the winter songs and have snow men on our xmas cards because we're still Commonwealth countries and a lot of our values/traditions are English. Though in saying that I couldn't imagine a snowy xmas. Actually, I can't imagine living in snow in general. It doesn't ever snow where I live. When we lived in Paris it snowed a couple of times and we ran out of the house and played in it in the middle of the night. The French thought we were insane!

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@Sarah - Must be. I guess not every little quirk made it all the way here. Maybe its because NZ has nothing but birds so we might as well use our own!

@Dana- yup, Penguins. With santa hats of course. Other wise it would be silly! LOL

Stifler's - posted on 11/11/2010

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I haven't even bought any cards this year I may have to for something to do. Everyone is getting shite presents from us this year cos we're buying ourselves a new car lol.

Tracey - posted on 11/11/2010

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Kathy, all the money for charity cards goes to the charity when the shops buy them, not when you buy them.
If you don't want to send money to big corporations why not make your own cards?

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@Sarah - Robins? No, but snowmen, snow, icicles yes. Even penguins. But also summer scenes. Its a mix really.

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I buy Amnesty and Oxfam cards, the less Christmassy the better! No way my hard-earned is going to Hallmark or any of those other corporations that have too much money anyway!

Sarah - posted on 11/11/2010

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Sorry if someone's already asked.....I haven't read all the replies.....but what do you have on your Xmas cards?!?!?! Is still all snow and robins and stuff?? :)

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Oh yeah, I forgot Carols by Candlelight...probably because I never go. One year we escaped to Vietnam for Xmas (couldn't be bothered doing xmas with my parents, then my MIL and her partner AND THEN with my FIL and his partner) it was hilarious. The village we were in only had one xmas carol (Boney M's Mary's Boy Child) and it played on repeat in every store. We also heard a Vietnamese version of Jingle Bells. LOL.

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Sunny, I was going to do the Aussie Jingle Bells - you beat me to it!

I can't imagine anything else but Christmas in Summer!

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Well Christmas in New Zealand is during the summer. Actually at the air port, they have decorated it with Santa in a bathing suit. Lol.

Jodi - posted on 11/10/2010

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My daughter has already started singing Christmas Carols.....I think I'll be sick of it by Christmas. They do a concert at school and teach them a heap of songs, so I'll be listening to them CONSTANTLY.

Must put ear muffs on the list.....

Bonnie - posted on 11/10/2010

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Dana, I am in Canada and i've seen carolers in the mall, but I think that's about it.

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They still have carols by candelight here but I don't go, haven't for years. And I hate the Christmas music in shops too. It goes on for like 2 months before Christmas. One year when Iwas a teenager my friend's mum got remixed carols and kept playing them in teh car to embarrass us.

Kylie - posted on 11/10/2010

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My sister is going to be in Paris for Christmas this year, i'm sooo jealous. I will have a white Christmas too one day!!!
I've already started singing the Christmas carols...when I was 8 months preggas with my first kid, she would go crazy moving and kicking when i turned up the Christmas songs and she still likes them. I wish we had door knocking carolers here ..that would be fun.

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I've never been caroling and I've never had carolers come to my home or seen them out in shops and I live in Canada. Maybe I need to get out more?...

Charlie - posted on 11/10/2010

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Oh yeah thats probably why we dont sing because by the time it does get to xmas im so sick of hearing those bloody songs !

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@Loureen - we don't sing carols either (well, I do when I want to annoy my husband but that's just me being obnoxious) but you can't get away from carols in shops here. Must be similar in Australia right? Especially supermarkets. Ugh.

Charlie - posted on 11/10/2010

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We dont sing carols LOL neither does my partners family or any other persons house i ventured to for christmas , we did once when we were little because it was cute , i cant believe how many people actually sing carols !

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LOL true Toni but I think they had reason to think we were insane. Being from a mild climate, neither my husband nor I had a winter jacket and were too cheap to buy any so just wore all our clothes at once! Jacket schmacket!

But back on topic, I just remembered we also get that fake snow frosting stuff to spray on windows to make it look snowy and 'xmasy' haha.

Rosie - posted on 11/10/2010

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i'd love to experience a christmas in the "summer". i've never been anywhere warm during christmas. i'd love to go to hawaii again just during christmastime, although that would cost me both arms and legs, lol. i hate snow, but it is pretty with the lights. i can't imagine it without snow. i could definitley do without the cold though. :)

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I want my toes in the sand on Christmas too! Guess I'll have to buy some sandbox sand and a bucket though because it looks like I'm in for a long, cold winter. :(

Desiree - posted on 11/10/2010

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Jocelyn Smith;) thanks for the idea that sounds like fun .... Sand Art here I come kids in tow.

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Lol and see Desiree, I don't think I could swap the snow for sand :P
I do find it funny that you all send cards that have snow-y scenes. I would expect something more along the lines of a sandman (vs snowman) hehe

Desiree - posted on 11/10/2010

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isn't it funny Loreen, they think we are strange that we have a wonderful christams in the warmth and like you SA has its main school break at this time of year. I don't know if I would swop the Braai(barbie, bbq)salads, pools, beaches for all the snow in Europe. I think if it had to snow here people would balistic anyway it only snows in JHB once every 20 odd years in September if you are lucky, only lasts about half the day and not enough to throw snowballs much less make snowmen. I think I prefer our Summer Christmases to the Northern Wet, Cold, Snowy and locked indoors type of christmas.

Tracey - posted on 11/10/2010

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Has anyone been to Disneyland for Christmas? I'm thinking about taking kids as they have never seen a white Christmas.

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That is mad because Christmas to you is not snow and stuff lol. Oh I love home-made cards. Last year I made cards with a photo of Ethan dressed as an elf in front of our tree. This year I'm thinking we could do finger art and make Christmas trees and stars and what not for the cards. :-)

Jodi - posted on 11/10/2010

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Yeah we do have Christmas cards with all those things. Weird huh? If I have a moment at some stage, I will send upload a photo of the cards I made last year.

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Christmas without turkey and cold weather, snow/ frost/ ice is just wrong. I love snuggly cold Christmas weather and dressing in warm snuggly knits.

I've always wondered do warm places give Christmas cards with traditional cold scenes on (snow and frost etc)?

Desiree - posted on 11/10/2010

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I have that every year, I live in South Africa and 30 is the norm for christmas. But then again we have our own ideas we don't have big meals we have braai (BBQ) instead and swim instead of sit indoors. We sing the same songs you do, decorate the same as the rest of the wolrd the only change is that we can go for a walk to look at the house lights and we do it in shorts and slops instead of bundled up with heavy clothes. Some house instead of decorating a traditional "faux pine" (don't have real ones) we decorate the indigenous trees in our gardens. or you can by a traditional african wire art boabab tree and decorate that. But for us turkey and heavy foods are very out far too hot! We have our own traditions and some have come with our families from overseas we have just addapted things to suit the heat. It may seem strange to you but no more stranger than some of the things you in the US celibrate... each one to his own.

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I have always wished for a white christmas. I HATE the heat but LOVE the cold. When the kids are all old a moved out of home i will have my wish! Might take me a while but i will get it one way or another!

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It Summer in NZ at Xmas. I wouldn't necessarily say hot though (but that's just where I live). It is weird though because its warm but we still eat the traditional English Xmas food like ham and turkey. So generally you stuff yourself to bursting with studgy cold weather food , drink way too much and coma out in the heat. Good times.

And we still sing the winter based songs too. LOL.

Another nice thing is that xmas is in the middle of the long school holiday so you get to spend more time off work/school with your family. It's not so rushed.

Iris - posted on 11/10/2010

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It is soooooo weird!!

I miss the snow and the cold weather!! But I also love being able to go to the beach and have fun during Christmas break. I still miss the snow and the cold weather during Christmas like I grew up with....

Ez - posted on 11/09/2010

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My friend's parents always use a little gum tree as their Christmas tree! Classic!

Joanna - posted on 11/09/2010

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I'm from North Dakota, lived there for my first 20 years of life. It was a shock moving to Southern California and experiencing the holidays for the first time. I was used to snow from Halloween to Valentine's Day (and beyond some years), so seeing Christmas lights with no snow was just... weird. It's been 5 years though and I'm finally getting used to it :P

Charlie - posted on 11/09/2010

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Oh and i decorate with a silver painted branch of a gum tree covered in decorations !

Charlie - posted on 11/09/2010

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I love it .

Dawn surf , food , drinks , food , drinks , pressies , food , beach , swim , food , drinks , lie in the sun and roll around , food , drinks , dusk swim , sleep .

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Well, I'm a Florida native and I can assure you, we do have winter. It just happens to be that winters there are warm while y'all freeze your asses off :P I mean, even though the seasons don't change much year round, we still have winter, spring, summer and fall lol They just don't look like YOUR winter, spring, summer and fall lol People still decorate and go all out. There are some really gorgeous neighborhoods where I used to live (I'm in NY now....ick) that the whole neighborhood gets together and everyone goes crazy with the decorations. One neighborhood at Christmas has a line of cars waiting to get into it just to look. Christmas in "summer" is still Christmas....just warmer. I wish I was in Florida right now. This cold shit is making me itch and my flip flops are collecting dust. I've never gone this long without my flippies!!! :(



Oh, and in Florida we always grilled a big, giant, fat, juicy steak on Christmas day.



I'm 39 and this will be my first year shoveling snow and sledding. I lived in Ohio in my early 20's so I've done the snowball fight thing and the snowman thing. Plus, we moved to NY this past Feb and there was still over a foot of snow on the ground so we also made Jacob's first snowman :)

Kate CP - posted on 11/09/2010

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Yea, I hate living in Texas most of the time because it rarely snows much more than 3 inches in the winter. And when it DOES snow...OMG the whole frickin' city SHUTS DOWN. People are running around screaming it's the apocalypse, looting, rioting...well, maybe not THAT bad, but Jesus. It's just frozen water and the whole city of Dallas just PANICS. :P

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Plastic evergreen pine trees in either green, white or purple, lights, baubles, pine cones sprayed gold and silver. Some people go too far and have comps with the neighbours and have a Santa's village in their front yard with fake snow. It's usually more like 42 here on Christmas. We have cold meat and salad if it's really hot and cold beer and cold prawns and crab.

Jodi - posted on 11/09/2010

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I still remember one Christmas at my parent's house years ago (they live near the mountains), and it snowed in the ranges, it was bloody freezing. We woke up the next morning to views across to the mountains covered in snow.....snow in December, who'd have thought?

Sunny - posted on 11/09/2010

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Its true it can get pretty bloody hot downunder at chrissy time but we work it ok ;)



Here is an example of one of the carols i have grown up with :D



AUSTRALIAN JINGLE BELLS





Dashing through the bush,

in a rusty Holden Ute,

Kicking up the dust,

esky in the boot,

Kelpie by my side,

singing Christmas songs,

It's Summer time and I am in

my singlet, shorts and thongs



Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,

Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut !,

Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute.



Engine's getting hot;

we dodge the kangaroos,

The swaggie climbs aboard,

he is welcome too.

All the family's there,

sitting by the pool,

Christmas Day the Aussie way,

by the barbecue.



Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,

Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut!,

Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute.



Come the afternoon,

Grandpa has a doze,

The kids and Uncle Bruce,

are swimming in their clothes.

The time comes 'round to go,

we take the family snap,

Pack the car and all shoot through,

before the washing up.



Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,

Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut!,

Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute

Kylie - posted on 11/09/2010

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This year we're going to be on a boat parked next to an island for Christmas day. Lunch will be cold cooked prawns and crayfish, fish on the barbie, lots of salads, trifle and some champas. We can swim, fish and sun bake on the beach after we stuff ourselves silly.

So looking forward to Chrissy this year..i guess we dont know any different when it comes to the heat. Everyone still sings the Chrissy carols about the snow and Santa still wears the heavy winter jumpsuit. I've seen a Santa pass out from heat exhaustion one year at a yacht club in front everyone.

We just decorate the tree and put fairy lights up but we always drive around and show the kids the houses that are all done up with decorations and lights. They love that.

Jodi - posted on 11/09/2010

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I guess I don't know anything different than Christmas in the summer. When I was a kid we used to have huge family gathering. I think my dad's mum must have been nuts because she used to cook a huge lamb roast in her kitchen for lunch, whether it was hot or cool. It made the house very uncomfortable!! But then we would go to my mum's family party and that was always a BBQ (sausages, chops, steak, burgers) with salads, which was good because we were generally stuffed from the roast dinner. We used to spend hours playing outside with all our cousins, and would often still be playing at midnight when our parents had to come and find us!!

These days, we kind of go traditional, but in other ways we don't. I generally do something different every year, but usually do a glazed ham in the BBQ. Sometimes, if we have a lot of people over, I do a turkey (also in the BBQ). But I serve this with BBQ's jacket potatoes and stuffed pumpkin, with some salads.

Decorations are the same, christmas carols are the same, we go out in the evening and look at all the Christmas lights, and it is usually a really nice night out in the summer evening.

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I guess you would decorate as normal. It will probably feel weird, but atleast you get to enjoy going outside for christmas and not be freezing LOL!

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