I'm from the Northern Hemisphere. I lived there for the first 30...odd years of my life. Christmases looked like this.
This is the garden at my parents house, it's where I grew up and even after I left home I only missed one. I'm used to Christmases looking like this. To me this is exactly what they should look like. This is what is traditional.
Now Christmas looks like this
I'm a Southern Hemisphere girl now. Can I get my head round it? No. Do I think I'll ever get my head round it? Probably not! Don't get me wrong, we have a great time here. Christmas is spent with friends - who are our family - but it feels more like a lovely summer party. If I could transport myself back to Scotland for one day every year I would choose Christmas day. I loved the tradition of it. The cold weather, the snow, the roast turkey, cranberry sauce, brussell sprouts and huge stodgy Christmas pudding with brandy butter to finish it off. Family opening of presents in the morning, the darkenss! I loved it all.
I'm often asked if I would fly back for Christmas. Would I? Probably not. It's the best time of year here and I wouldn't actually want to miss a couple of weeks of it! But do I feel like I've had a proper Christmas in 5 years? Probably not.
Am I complaining? No. Really I'm not!
Would I like it to snow on Christmas day...a freak once in...well ever...for Northland? You bet I would!