Posted on January 9th, 2013

Christmas; a time for family and love.
We’ve all seen it in the movies. The snow capped gardens and frosted windows, the sounds of Christmas carols as you take in the scene of a typical household filled with festive decorations, twinkling fairy lights, tinsel and of course a Christmas tree.
Things in South Africa, however, are slightly different. The temperature for one, is much higher on the thermometer and so, my memories of Christmas day include cool swims in between joyful chatter while my dad and uncles sweat over a hot braai as they cook the juicy bird to produce a succulent yet crispy turkey. Young cousins await eagerly for the starters to be demolished before they will be allowed the priviledge of ripping open the neatly wrapped presents to find the hidden treasures they had been longing for.
Numerous salads are laid out on the tables along with the slowly roasted meats in anticipation of the hungry relatives. Regardless of how much food is prepared it will always be finished, leaving very few leftovers behind. Another difference between a commercial ‘White Christmas’ and a typical South African Christmas is that ice cream is a standard pudding here. In colder countries the worry may be that the frozen dessert may be slightly too cold for the climate, whereas in South Africa the only concern is that the sweet treat may turn into a flowing river of delicious liquid before it is served.
Different cultures celebrate the holiday in different ways and different families hold a variety of traditions, but the most important thing is to remember the heart of Christmas, that it is the day that Jesus Christ was born.
God bless all of your families ♥

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