The festive season is almost upon us and, living as we do in a hot climate, the usual debate arises: Northern or Southern Hemisphere-style Christmas? Our tradition is sun and sea, thongs, and a new pair of bathers because you know you’ll be at beach every spare minute of the next three months. That’s the total opposite of the Northern Hemisphere Christmas, which is all about snow and sleigh bells and chestnuts roasting on an open fire!
While tradition dictates a piping hot roast with all the trimmings, the reality is that our climate lends itself to barbecues, and lots of fresh, salad-y side dishes.
Carly and I have a tradition of getting up at 5am on Christmas Eve going to Queen Vic Market to shop for fresh seafood for the big day. We’ll get oysters, prawns, maybe some crayfish depending on who’s joining us for Christmas lunch. Then we’ll also get all our fresh veggies and herbs, flowers for the house and splurge on a few special little extra treats.
It seems like so many other people share this tradition with us and there’s such a great buzz around the market as everyone seeks out their festive goodies.
Then there’s Jess’ Christmas Eve tradition, which is to pick some grass from the garden, and put that and a carrot, out for the reindeer, along with milk and cookies for Santa. (Yes, he is in his late 20s.)
Does your family favour the traditional Northern Hemisphere-style Christmas, or are you all about the sand and surf? Much of my newsletter this month focuses on tradition, and I’d love you to share some of your festive family traditions with me @ShaynnaBlaze on Instagram and Twitter, or on my Facebook page.
Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, safe holiday season, and a New Year filled with new adventures and exciting exploits!