Archive for 24. December 2009

Christmas Eve at 30 degrees Celsius

Thursday, 24. December 2009

Christmas at 30 plus degrees is an experience on its own. It is kind of strange entering a supermarket and being confronted with Christmas decoration when it’s outside quite hot at 30 – 35 degrees. Luckily they make only limited use of Christmas songs and additionally turn the volume quite low. For god sake – you see I don’t really miss the German/European Christmas stress.

At every major intersection you see people, some of them begging, the others doing their business – selling stuff:  feather duster, coat-hanger, nets to keep insects away from food, cellphone charger for the car, sunglasses, ….

And of course they want to profit from the season, so jelly bag caps for Santa Claus costumes etc. complete their portfolio.

At a byroad close to my physio, there was a guy selling his stuff, dressed all in red. Wearing a Santa Clause costume, a red Stetson, and black sunglasses. If I had my camera with me, I would have given him some bucks to show you his picture. Since I hadn’t you have to rely on your imagination.

So Christmas is fun here. And Monique did shock me when she said the other day, she wants to have a Christmas tree. She saw my face and added “But a special one. And since we are here down under we will have one upside down.”

You won’t believe it. While I was editing this post, calling my son and my brother and father in Germany she was decorating the whole time.