Christmas With a Difference

Dear Christmas,

I’ve always known you, and you usually look the same.  But this year, you look so different. Despite some similarities, I barely recognise you!

In England, you show your face earlier and earlier each year.  You can be seen in every single shop window with your twinkling lights and fancy displays.  You are on people’s minds for months before you happen, and you pop into every conversation.  People anticipate your arrival, and prepare in every way possible.DSC00103

In Chile, you seem shyer.  I have seen you around but I have to look harder to find you.  Father Christmas dresses up ready for your arrival, but he seems hot and uncomfortable waiting for you.  I’ve seen you in huge trees in every shopping centre, you look different against a blue sky.  People are talking about you, but not as much as in England.DSC04361

In England, you happen in the cold.  You bring so much cosiness and happiness during a long winter, and everyone forgets the short days because of all the sparkling lights that Christmas decorations bring.  They snuggle up on the sofa with an extra thick pair of socks, a fleecy blanket and a huge box of Christmas chocolates, watching Christmas films as the fire roars beside them.  They wander to Christmas markets and warm themselves with the sweet and spiced warmth of mulled wine and mince pies.DSC_0096DSC02462

In Chile, you happen in the summer.  You are an extra thing to love about the warmest time of the year.  People celebrate you by jumping in a pool, wearing sunglasses and pretty dresses.  The most luxurious flavours of ice-cream are eaten as people wait for your arrival as cocktails and cold beers are sipped to cool down.DSC02799

But Christmas, even though you look so different, I realise that inside you are the same. You are about loved ones coming together, about cooking and eating together, about taking time to rest, laugh, chat and enjoy.  Christmas, you are great! ❤DSC_0082

What will your Christmas look like this year?

Marcella xx

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54 thoughts on “Christmas With a Difference

  1. Christmas in Malaysia is also warm & humid – tropical weather – we may or may not have rain, it depends. But yeah, it’s nice to have a real winter Christmas 🙂

  2. I can’t imagine Christmas in the middle of summer. I’m spending Christmas at home, as every year. And, as every year, I’m hoping for snow. Cause it’s even more magical then.

  3. I can imagine how different Christmas time in Chile must be like! I mean London is the ultimate Christmas destination for me but Chile with the hot weather… can’t really get into a festive mood without snow and the cold 😉

    • Thanks Cynthia! Christmas just isn’t as big in Chile as in England, I think partly because it’s summer so maybe there isn’t so much of a need to use Christmas as a comfort through the cold winter months. On the other hand, Chileans party very hard for their independence day in September, where celebrations last about a week!!

  4. OH I love how you wrote this, it’s beautiful! I always wondered how Christmas was in countries where it’s summer in December… Hope you have a lovely season 🙂

  5. My Christmas will be warm-ish- Phoenix, Arizona to see my sister and her kids. I’ll be wearing jeans but there will be no chance of snow which does make me a little sad. Have a great Christmas season!

  6. Ah this is lovely 🙂 We had Christmas in India a couple of years ago and it was just so strange! I do prefer the Christmases at home in London but it’s still fun to experience something different at least once. At least you have your family there to celebrate with you 🙂

  7. This is so great! I love the way you have compared the two. My favourite is still a hot xmas! How can you resist swimming and cold beers on xmas day? x

  8. This is the cutest post! I had my first warm Christmas last year in Cambodia and it felt so weird (though to be honest, it’s not like that Southern California really gets that cold either). I was surprised that the Cambodian culture do celebrate Christmas, though not to the same degree. It’s looking quite festive here this year in Taipei already. A lot of places have twinkly lights, trees, or Christmas music. I’m looking forward to seeing how they celebrate it here!

  9. This is so true! Having spent my whole life having christmas in cold england, I ventured to bali last year and although it was lovely to experience it in a new sunny environment, it couldn’t escape the feeling that it just didn’t feel like christmas!
    Great post!

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