So here we are cruising rather quickly through January! I hope that everyone had a wonderful end to 2014 and start to 2015!
It feels like it was just the beginning of November and I had all of this time up my sleeve to get ready for the holidays. Now that they’ve come and gone, I reflect back and see that despite my best intentions, I yet again left the Christmas decorations in their boxes upstairs and never did get to making any of my valued family traditions such as shortbread cookies, perogies, mulled wine and pumpkin pie. The pumpkin is still sitting on the bench staring at me every time I walk in the kitchen.
Every year I fall short at Christmas. But I manage to tee up my excuses:
- It’s summer here in Australia, and the garden is begging for a lot of attention (watering, planting, harvesting and processing all of the goodies).
- Summer heat means there is less incentive to bake and pump heat out of the oven and into the house.
- Summer is a time for getting outside more, going to friends’ houses for BBQs and having a few more leisurely minutes outside sitting in the garden with a cool beverage in hand.
- Summer is supposed to be a care-free, lazy, relaxing time rather than panicked present-buying and menu-planning chaos.
I have to say though, that Christmas in summer is delightfully unique.
The sounds of Christmas are now cicadas whirring and buzzing rather than jingle bells and Christmas carols and snow shovels scraping on sidewalks.
The smells of Christmas are now BBQs fired up grilling steaks and sausages rather than crisp, cold snow-filled air.
The sights of Christmas are now sun, sand, shorts and t-shirts and boats buzzing along in the bay instead of puffy jackets, toques, scarves, gloves and people running their cars for 15 minutes to warm the engines up.
Someone said that it’s my sixth summer/Christmas so I should be used to it by now. But I’m not. My brain refuses to accept that I should be cooking a huge meal when it is +35C outside. I keep failing to get into the spirit of it all.
So instead of fighting my unchanging brain, perhaps in order to embrace the holidays I should try for a Christmas in July. Decorate the house, make shortbread and pumpkin pie, roast up a big turkey and ham…and invite all the friends and in-laws over for a feast while the fireplace is roaring in the living room.
Maybe I’ll give that a whirl on July 25 2015 and who knows, I may just kick off a new tradition.