I’ve had a bit of trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year – which is surprising, really, considering we spent last year in a country that doesn’t officially celebrate Christmas. But, even though December 25th is a normal working day in Thailand, the country goes all out to decorate for the season. Aside from a rather tacky Nativity scene at our local shopping centre, the neighbourhood around our (temporary) home in Sydney is, by contrast, remarkably clear of any seasonal decorations.
I thought it would be good to go in search of some Christmas cheer.
So, we left our preoccupations with builders and boxes behind and headed downtown to the bright lights and tinsel. Maybe it is the rising cost of electricity or a new environmental awareness, but we didn’t find any! Darling Harbour in Sydney sported several blow-up santas as part of it’s Santa Fest and a LED Christmas tree made from recycled materials, but not much that sparkled in daylight.
“Not particularly inspiring!” I thought.
Part of my problem, I think, is that we are still a bit dislocated (more than usual), and I haven’t been able to spend time doing the sorts of things I usually do this time of year in preparation for time with the family. The weather was unseasonal cool and overcast, and for a while it was hard to reclaim the spirit of the season.
But, Sydney is a lucky city in The Lucky Country. It could be argued that it should be Christmas everyday – and indeed, the joy of childhood and the beauty of the harbour are always around us.
So, I wish you good tidings where ever you are, and what ever Christmas means to you.