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Happy Christmas

17
Dec
2013
 

By Miranda

It's that time of year again when those of us in the Southern Hemisphere reach for culturally relevant but climate-wise grossly inappropriate symbolism to enhance our celebrations.

 

Enjoy the cold and even the snow, those of our puzzlers who find themselves in a winter season. There are few things more delightful than celebrating Christmas in freezing temperatures which justify the indulgence in fat and sugar rich treats created to sustain one through the gloom.

 

Down South, where I find myself, we'd probably need to borrow traditions from the Northern hemisphere Midsummer festivals, were we to require something more fitting for the actual temperatures.

Unfortunately, most of those traditions seem to include embers, live coals and bonfires and are unlikely to get a wide acceptance, especially since we'll be well into the total fire ban times. And fire, culturally appropriate or not to a Midsummer celebration, just isn't fun, or funny, in an Australian summer.

 

Unless it's the Christmas barbie.

 

Christmas is for families, families of all kinds and varieties. It's the celebratory equivalent of the doorpost marked annually with the latest heights reached by growing children. We can remember the particularly chilly Christmas when it was too cold to swim or the one when we dropped the roast onto the kitchen floor - oh, no, wait a minute, I never told anyone about that!

 

We're having a generational change in our family in which, for the first time, I'm going to my daughter's house (well, we all are), she being the first of her generation of siblings and cousins to host the gathering.

 

It's all remarkably relaxed so, for the festive season, let's contemplate such calming words as sufficiency, relaxation, tolerance, generosity and love, abandoning the stress and worry with which we often load the occasion.

 

Enjoy!

683 Responses to

Happy Christmas

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January 06, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Sorry to hear that fir...very hard to explain to non-animal ppl how thoroughly dogs (etc)become enmeshed in our lives and hearts... we got Sasha our rescue Staffy because we lost our previous two Staffies (age 12 and 16) within the last 12 months, and my wife went into severe Staffie-deprivation....

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January 06, 2014 at 2:43 PM

My heart still belongs to Sabre. Sorry SJ, wolverine and pet are not synomynous.

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January 06, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Thank you, SJ. You do understand about 'fur' people. (not to be confused with 'fir')

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January 06, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Fir, you've mixed up your m's and n's. Is it a typo or do you have the same prob. my daughter has with anemone...

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January 06, 2014 at 2:52 PM

...anenome...quite simple...no...wait...

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January 06, 2014 at 2:52 PM

hahaha Jafa... just a typo...

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January 06, 2014 at 2:56 PM

My daughter gets in a huge tongue twist and it ends up like ananenemone... soon to be a teacher... hmmm...

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January 06, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Goota go...take care jafa, fir....

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January 06, 2014 at 2:59 PM

My downfall is spoonerisms... makes for a lot of raised eyebrows and laughter.

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January 06, 2014 at 3:02 PM

so true re animals and humans RIP Rhea

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January 06, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Who was Rhea, Nanna?

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January 06, 2014 at 4:04 PM

... a lovely Border Collie who was part of our lives for 14 years... and she was a faithful friend.

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January 06, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Border collies are lovely... I wish dogs lived longer...

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January 06, 2014 at 4:13 PM

... and so do I ... why are hiding behind dark glasses indoors? did you have too many drinkies lol News Years eve?

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January 06, 2014 at 4:18 PM

No Nanna, not many... I've been working grueling hours in my new 'casual' job... I'm very, very tired... but stimulated and happy... I would like a balance though...

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January 06, 2014 at 4:23 PM

I could write a book about Rhea but I won't bore you lol

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January 06, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Tell us a special memory...

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January 06, 2014 at 4:27 PM

I bet you would but why such crazy hours?

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January 06, 2014 at 4:31 PM

it used to be called the grave shift between midnight and dawn

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January 06, 2014 at 4:38 PM

too many like I said a good and faithful servant vale Rheac

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January 06, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Crazy hours because I'm new back in the workforce... love the job though...

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January 06, 2014 at 5:10 PM

I thought you were a teacher

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January 06, 2014 at 5:15 PM

I was a primary school teacher for 30 years... I medically retired when I hurt myself. I thought of doing casual teaching but that's a pretty loveless job. This job is just what I needed... at this time anyway...