Not only is Christmas in the middle of summer here in Australia, but they also have school summer holidays at Christmas time too!
Yes, I know that makes sense, summer holidays in winter would be stupid! But at the same time, a six-week summer holiday break with Christmas slap bang in the middle of it seems a little crazy too.
Words like cake, eat it, eggs, one basket, kid and sweet shop all spring to mind. But that’s what we have here; the biggest, longest holiday of all with Christmas sandwiched right in the middle.
Anyway, this afternoon I was chatting with someone on the phone and when the conversation came to an end, the other guy said “have a good Christmas” as he ended the conversation.
Have a good what? Surely not? It can’t be, can it? Oh dear, I’ve just checked my calendar. It really is 11 days to Christmas.
It gets me every year and I don’t think I will ever get used to it. Christmas should be cold! Here, as it approaches, it just gets hotter and hotter.
I know I’ve mentioned all of this before in previous years, but every time Christmas takes me by surprise, I just have to write about it. So maybe I’ll write about it every year, who knows?
But if, so far, I’ve drifted towards Christmas not knowing it’s Christmas, tonight that changes. Because tonight, Mrs BobinOz and Elizabeth put this up……
Yes, it’s a Christmas tree. And a Christmas tree is a Christmas tree; it can’t be mistaken for anything else. So now, I do know its Christmas time!
But having said a Christmas tree is a Christmas tree, a Christmas tree here isn’t the same as a Christmas tree in the UK. The arborists among you will have realised that our Christmas tree is fake.
Back in England, we always had a real Christmas tree. I mentioned this before in a post a couple of years ago called England Versus Australia at Christmas Traditions. This real tree would cost us something like £30 for a seven footer.
And these trees seemed to be on sale everywhere! Farms, warehouses, backs of lorries and on street corners. Wherever you went, there’d be signs, often painted on pieces of cardboard, saying….
“Xmas Trees Here”.
But here in Australia, Christmas trees are not so readily available. You have to search for them, they don’t find you.
I decided to do that search and check the price of Christmas trees here this year. Christmas trees in the UK may well have gone up in price since I last bought one five years ago. So this isn’t a price comparison. All the same, I hope it of interest.
Check this out…
- One 7 foot Christmas tree – $115
- One bottle of stay green spray – $15
- Ones stand for a large tree – $65
- Delivery charges vary. Average – $59
- Total cost – $254.
And that’s probably why I love our fake Christmas tree.