My most favourite time of the year is fast approaching and I am all kinds of excited for Christmas! I love everything about Christmas but the one thing that has always disappointed me about the holiday is how it is widely portrayed in the media. I grew up watching endless Christmas movies and listening to songs but in each one it describes a Christmas I had never had. A snowy white, sitting by the fire place sipping on hot cocoa kinda Christmas. So today I have put together something for us South Africans and how we celebrate the festive season.
You Know It’s a South African Christmas When…
1. Instead of making Frosty the Snow Man we build sand castles on the beach. Our only form of snow comes in the snow cones or slushies we have to beat the heat!
2. There’s nothing like a good ol’ fashioned Braai (barbecue) at Christmas. How I longed for chestnuts roasting on an open fire (Christmas Song) but all I got was borewors and lamp chops.
3. Nothing says Christmas like a tin of Choice Assorted biscuits or Royal danish Cookies! That will later be used to store your mothers sewing needles and cotton. Bringing disappointment all year round.
4. Shop windows are decorated to give it a frosted look while it is 30 degrees outside! Take me to the AC!
5. The 1981 Boney M Christmas Album is played in every store when you go out shopping. It’s been 35 years, change the album already!
6. You may pass on the Christmas Pudding for Malva Pudding, Trifle or some Melk Tart. Best part of being South African mmm..!
7. Instead of having an ugly Christmas sweater you live in a bathing costume and hit the pool as often as you can
8. You get a faux tree and decorate it with heavy tinsel and ornaments. Unlike most parts of the world at Christmas there is no tree lot. We have never experienced the joy of buying a real tree, securing it to the roof of our car and driving it home.
9. Sabc and E-tv play same Christmas movies such as Home Alone, Elf, The Grinch and many more over and over again. And the Checkers Christmas advert song is stuck in your head!
10. It’s a hot Christmas where we try to do as much as the Northern Hemisphere does at Christmas but nothing beats our family, our braai and our beach. We wouldn’t change it for the world.
I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you can relate to any of these things in the comments below. You can also let me know Have a wonderful festive season and a Merry Christmas!