The newspaper today had ten features of a Kiwi Christmas. I thought it was a good idea, and wondered if I could come up with ten things. I’m still wondering, but here goes:
- Good weather, if we’re lucky. We’ve been lucky the last week. The sun has been shining (most days), the temperatures rising, and I’ve begun wondering why we don’t have air-conditioning, at least in our bedroom. (Note: I never ONCE wondered that last summer, so things are looking up!)
- A mass exodus from Wellington. Wellington is a city of immigrants – most people I know here weren’t born here, or didn’t grow up here (with the exception of my husband and a couple of good friends). And so when we get at leat 10 days off (Christmas and New Year), everyone leaves to visit family, or go to the beach, or visit somewhere that has more consistently better weather than Wellington. This year, the warm temperatures and humid air (ahead of Cyclone Evan that has moved south from Samoa and Fiji) have created low cloud and fog. That meant that yesterday many flights into and out of the city were cancelled. Travel plans for Christmas disrupted, or ruined. But today, the skies cleared, and hopefully the airport too.
- Berry season. Christmas without strawberries wouldn’t be Christmas. I’ll be making a berry salad tomorrow. Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Yum. I want to eat it now.
- Substance over superficiality. That’s why I care more about what’s in the gifts I give, than the wrapping. Because, as I’ve written before, I’m the world’s worst wrapper. Still.
- Pohutukawa. This year, the pohutukawa in Wellington are spectacular. Everywhere I go there is a large green tree covered in red/crimson blooms. It makes me smile. Every time.
- Cruise ships. Most of the summer we see cruise ships in dock, the passengers exploring our city, standing out in their holiday casual gear, as we still wear our business clothes and blend in with each other so gloomily. But now, for at least the next few weeks, we can join those cruise ship passengers, because we too are on holiday. Just a holiday at home. (Yes, a staycation!)
- Projects. So often I think “I’ll do that over Christmas.” We save up projects for this period – we’ll fix this, build that, grow something else, we’ll go for walks, picnics, movies. We’ll invite friends over for barbecues. Right now, just before Christmas, it feels as if we’ll have endless time and endless energy, yet in truth, we’ll …
- Recharge our batteries. AKA sleep! Yes, we sleep. Afternoon naps. Windows open, birds chirping outside, a soft breeze, and an indulgent afternoon nap. Ahhh, bliss. Though a nap does interfere with …
- Reading. This is the time of year that reading for leisure is acceptable, expected, compulsory even. And there’s almost always a Christmas book to read. I have a couple I’m keen to get started on.
- Relief. The year is over. We can wipe the slate clean, and start afresh. Soon. I feel the need to shed 2012, though I’m not sure why.
Phew! I made it to 10.
And on that note, I want to send you all my best wishes, remind you how important you are to me, and how grateful I am that you visit. Now I’m off to get a lemonade to cool down, and a homemade mini Christmas mince pie.