I always said after having a real tree every year when I was growing up that I would not revert to an artificial one... well I have had a plastic one now for three years! I love the smell of the real ones but I have become too practical, and use the 'recycled' tree which also doesn't drop needles in the carpet! A real one would wilt in the heat here and go brown within a week, the plastic one stays green for a month!
..and there are no pine cones that crack open in the heat and startle unsuspecting visitors!
Matt D, Can anyone tell me what celebrating Christmas is like in places like Australia and South America?
I mean Christmas evokes all of these images about building snowmen, and cold, gray, cloudy snowy days with the family gathered around a fire.
Only problem is that Australia and S. America are in the dead middle of summer when Christmas rolls around.
Does that take away from any of the celebrations, or is that purely a North American invention?
I have never had a winter Christmas (yet). Lunch is usually cold meat, salad or a BBQ on Christmas day, inside, outside or at the beach. Carols by Candelight is usually held outside after 9 pm.
We still have the traditional Christmas concept from the northern hemisphere like singing traditional carols like White Christmas, Winter Wonderland or The Christmas Song, have wintery scenes on Christmas cards, Santa Claus and fake snow and holly etc. but it is mixed with images of sun and heat and outdoors activity.
Summer doesn't take away from the celebration of Christmas at all, many of us have never known any different. When I was a kid I used to wonder how kids in say Europe or North America played with their Xmas presents when it was too cold to go outside?!
Anyway, hope that has helped answer your question