And during this time, in the South…

20151129_152722A colleague who had been  living  in NZ for about thirty years, told me shortly after my arrival in New Zealand, he loved the country but that he was always homesick at Christmas time. He could not help thinking about  his native Scotland, with short and cold days, as well as anything that evokes the holidays in this part of the world.


As I myself was suffering from homesickness, I gave up the  fight against this feeling that came over me without fail, as soon as I saw a Christmas tree and I heard a song linked directly or indirectly to holidays. I made great efforts to forget that it was Christmas. I was trying to go to  the beach and tried to avoid any reference  to Christmas.

In 2011, I was in Nelson. On December 24th, everyone met in the evening at the foot of the cathedral that overlooks the city. People  had lit candles and were singing  Christmas carols in  the dark. Then, everyone celebrated with a drink around midnight, in the heat of the night. The next day we went to the beach, with a  glass of white wine. From that moment, the magic started to operate for me. 

 

I  guess what now  makes me love the holidays here is that it seems easier  to forget the whole consumerist aspects tied to this time of year and that is probably why I increasingly  like  my summery Christmas, when one  does not eat, drink or consume  too much, and focuses instead on  the nice  weather, the holidays, the  sea, friends and   family. It is all the more the case here that Christmas and the summer holidays coincide. It may be the reason why the focus is less on Christmas itself (the downside being that we miss a second opportunity to have a break during the year)

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14 thoughts on “And during this time, in the South…”

  1. I would love if that would be the way of celebrating in Peru. I am not Christian so I get a bit overwhelmed by all the Christmas feedback, that tries to resemble an artificial winter in our hot summer.
    I cannot avoid to laugh when TV channels say “live in our channel the true meaning of christmas” XD
    Wishing you a nice week, Sylvie. Thank you for share this vision of a calm Christmas.

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