I’ve always known you, and you usually look the same. But this year, you look so different. Despite some similarities, I barely recognise you!
In England, you show your face earlier and earlier each year. You can be seen in every single shop window with your twinkling lights and fancy displays. You are on people’s minds for months before you happen, and you pop into every conversation. People anticipate your arrival, and prepare in every way possible.
In Chile, you seem shyer. I have seen you around but I have to look harder to find you. Father Christmas dresses up ready for your arrival, but he seems hot and uncomfortable waiting for you. I’ve seen you in huge trees in every shopping centre, you look different against a blue sky. People are talking about you, but not as much as in England.
In England, you happen in the cold. You bring so much cosiness and happiness during a long winter, and everyone forgets the short days because of all the sparkling lights that Christmas decorations bring. They snuggle up on the sofa with an extra thick pair of socks, a fleecy blanket and a huge box of Christmas chocolates, watching Christmas films as the fire roars beside them. They wander to Christmas markets and warm themselves with the sweet and spiced warmth of mulled wine and mince pies.
In Chile, you happen in the summer. You are an extra thing to love about the warmest time of the year. People celebrate you by jumping in a pool, wearing sunglasses and pretty dresses. The most luxurious flavours of ice-cream are eaten as people wait for your arrival as cocktails and cold beers are sipped to cool down.
But Christmas, even though you look so different, I realise that inside you are the same. You are about loved ones coming together, about cooking and eating together, about taking time to rest, laugh, chat and enjoy. Christmas, you are great! ❤
What will your Christmas look like this year?