Hoorah! December is finally upon us again. There’s something in the air at Christmas time, for me it’s the prospect of the end of another year’s hard work and the beginning of a new – as well as a fun-filled summer holiday break away from everyday life.
Christmas in New Zealand is slightly different from that in other parts of the world. The days are long, sunny and warm (in saying that, it’s currently pouring with rain and a chilly 9 degress celcius outside). It’s the perfect weather for barbeques, salads and ice cream – all on the beach. School is finished for the year, with around a 6 week well-earned holiday break for us kids – although longer for those of us in high school, as we have ‘study break’ leading up to, and around our end of year exams.
There are some things that stay the same – the decorations go up in streets, and carols start ringing throughout malls and shops, Santa pops up everywhere – and we still devour a delicious Christmas dinner or lunch, even if desert is a pavlova rather than a pudding (one of my favourite times of the year I must admit). In fact it’s all rather materialistic if you look at it, but to be honest, it’s about the only time of year that it happens for me personally.
This year, I decided to get a bit creativly festive, as I’ve had a lot of time off with exams (which has been FANTASTIC). I took inspiration from the many times we’ve been to Hawaii for Christmas. Although the weather is much the same as home, the Christmas atmosphere is totally different – the decorations are amazingly beautiful, and one thing that always impresses me is the array of gingerbread villages. Seriously, some of them are huge! It’s something I’ve never done before but can now check off my list.
I’m quite pleased with my house – although it lacks in doors and windows and is comparitivly bite sized to the ones in Hawaii. It’s certainly unique, it kind of reminds me of something from Hansel and Gretel. I even got a few gingerbread men out of the left-over dough. I got pretty excited over the decorating aspect too – I finally I had a use for my royal icing recipe. I spent the whole afternoon and into the night on it, with breaks of course.
I havent yet tried it – I will – but for now I think I can trust that it tastes good. I left it out on the bench by accident the other night, and when I woke up, the roof has been nibbled at by mice – holiday cheer for all.
Merry Christmas everyone 🙂 !