Blogmas Day 17 – The 10 Best and Worst Things about a Summery Christmas

In case you hadn’t yet realised, I live in the Southern Hemisphere, meaning no white Christmases for us. That said, there are some upsides and downsides to living below the equator around Christmastime, so here’s my list of best and worst things about summery Christmases.

The Best

  1. You can’t beat sitting in the sun enjoying a cool beverage on Christmas day
  2. Provided the weather is nice, summer Christmas opens up your options for where you can have your Christmas celebrations (the beach, camping, backyard etc.)
  3. More opportunities for activities with little ones (cricket, lawn games, riding bikes)
  4. Wedding season is around Christmas, so most people have this time off work anyway
  5. Barbecue dinners are the perfect lazy Christmas dinner
  6. No snow on the roads means no limits to where you can and can’t travel to
  7. Pohutukawa trees are very pretty and should be every country’s national Christmas plant (no, I don’t care that they don’t grow anywhere else, they just should be, okay)
  8. Summertime naps are great and make you feel like a cat personified
  9. If you want to spend quality family time while also cooling off, swimming is always an option, provided you live near a beach or know someone with a pool (and basically everyone knows someone with a pool)
  10. Summer fruits! Strawberries, cherries, raspberries and other berries for dessert are the best

The Worst

  1. No snow, so our Christmases will never look like they do in the movies
  2. Sunburn
  3. Insect bites
  4. If you’re not a fan of outdoors things, summertime in NZ can get overwhelming with the emphasis on outdoor activities
  5. Hot roast dinners and full on ham/turkey dinners are a bit much in the heat
  6. The heat
  7. Seriously, the heat – in Napier (where my family is based) Christmas can get up to 33, which is 91.40 ℉ in full humidity
  8. Being sweaty on Christmas ruining your selfies
  9. Even though it’s summer, we have the threat of summer rain looming over us every year
  10. A lot of Northern Hemisphere Christmas traditions don’t translate well to areas with a summer Christmas – e.g. sitting by fire, getting cosied up together, ugly Christmas sweaters

And those are my thoughts (and some contributions from Twitter, thanks tweeps!) on the best and worst things about a summery Christmas. What do you think are the best and worst things about a summery or wintery Christmas?

Lots of love,
Mrs Greatnews xx


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