Now for those who’s checking the date of this post or wonder if you read it right, you don’t have to.
It’s really Christmas!… in July! I’m not even kidding!
Okay, enough for the fooling around. For those who never heard of it before, Christmas in July is kind of a trend in countries in the Southern half of the world where the seasons are opposite, celebrating the “pretend” Christmas in July, which is the coldest month of the year (similar to December in the Northern hemisphere).
When I first read about it, I thought it was kind of silly. I mean, who celebrates Christmas in the middle of the year? Well, that was back when my idea of July was completely different, which is a burning hot and humid month of summer with… a lot of thunderstorms.
Now when they say things are different here in Australia, they mean it. Seriously.
When I was walking through the beautiful sunset in Federation Square that mid-July day, it really felt like Christmas. It was cold and windy, people rushing home in winter jackets, the bell of St Paul’s Cathedral ringing non-stop, the small lights hung on the coffee shops,… and I swear I could hear the familiar sound of some Christmas carol. While that suddenly made me feel homesick thinking about the REAL Christmas back home with my family, I could really understand why Christmas in July exists here.
Well, who cares if we’re in the middle of the year? If it feels like Christmas, just make it Christmas and celebrate in style!
And that’s exactly what we did.
25th July (makes sense, huh?) came to everyone’s excitement. We baked macaroon in the afternoon (which was super fun)…
Of course, we put on a Christmas tree (where else can you get a Christmas tree in July?), decorated the dining room (that alone made it feel exactly like Christmas, just… college style).
Happy with everything, we changed into our pajamas, put on the Christmas playlist, and had the best roast dinner. Despite feeling a little weird at first (AND… sentimental), we really enjoyed ourselves and had a great time. It was such a nice bonding experience and it really made us feel like family, that we’ll be fine as long as we have each other, even if this was the REAL Christmas.
Remember those FRIENDS’ Christmases? I remember someone from the cast saying “Friends is about a period of time in your life when your friends are your family.” And that day we really felt that way. Ahhh, so much for college life, huh?
After dinner we (of course) rolled in our blankets and bean bags with hot chocolate and marshmallow and watched a Christmas movie. It was so perfect that everyone forgot it’s not actually Christmas. As I said, who cares?
Oh, I almost forgot to mention. It also happened to be my dear friend Andrea’s birthday. So happy Christmas birthday Andrea!!
P/s: The reason I included “belated” in the title is because by the time this is posted on the blog, it’d already had been a month away from when this happened. Reasons? Ask Trinity!!
(kidding, mostly ’cause I was too lazy to write :P)
Anyway, Merry Christmas!!