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Merry Christmas everyone!
It has been hard for me to get into Christmas this year. In New Zealand, the seasons are the opposite of our old home back in the States. So it's summer here now. And, while people decorate and celebrate around here, it just doesn't feel like the holidays.
Don't get me wrong: we put up the tree and the stockings and got out our ceramic town figurines. And the kids were DEFINITELY into getting presents and making sure Santa knew where we were. But I didn't go out of my way to listen to Michael Buble or watch my favorite Christmas movies (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and It's a Wonderful Life. I like to mix in White Christmas from time to time as well). I see my friends in the States posting pictures of the snow and the pictures with Santa at the mall and of the Ugly Sweater parties for work and it feels a little surreal.
We embraced being in the island locale for the holidays this year: we had grilled lamb for Christmas Eve dinner, Pavlova with strawberries and whip cream for Christmas breakfast and went to the Beach after opening our presents from Santa. We didn't have the family around us like normal, but we had each other. And sand everywhere. Nothing brings a family together like sand.