It’s that time of the month again when blogging friends from around the world take part in the Int’l Bloggers Club. This month’s theme is all about how we spend Christmas in our countries. Down here in the Southern hemisphere it’s summer and hot as Hades, so the chance of us having a white Christmas is zero, unless it hails 😉 We seldom get snow in the northern parts of South Africa. In fact when it does snow, we all have a complete melt down. Shops close and everyone jumps in their cars and rushes off to build a snowman and do snowy things. It’s chaos. So yeah, we’ll never have a white Christmas, but we will have braais (our local version of a bbq) and watermelons and pool parties. The kids will get burnt to a crisp and the adults will indulge in copious amounts of ice cold beer.
Most South Africans will go to church on Christmas morning before joining their friends and family for a full blown Christmas brunch around the pool. We normally serve a butterflied lamb that hubby cooks to perfection on the braai and there’s always Malva Pudding. Because our Christmas is spent outdoors our decorations tend to be “outdoorsy”. Is that even a word? Our Christmas trees are real growing specimens and most of our ornaments are all hand made. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of South Africans buy faux trees and add fake snow and baubles, so they can mimic the winter wonderlands of their northern counterparts. But that’s not our style.
I did compromise a little this year though. We watched Frozen again the other day and I wanted my very own Olaf to celebrate Christmas with us. I know, it’s kind of the impossible dream but hey, this is Africa and we love the impossible 😉 So here’s how we made ourselves and African snowman. We use three different sized faux topiary balls and a piece of a broken lamp.
Our Olaf took about three minutes to make. Slide the biggest faux ball onto the broken lamp and then add the second biggest. Grab two twigs and insert them on either side to make some arms.
Glue some eyes onto the smallest faux ball and slide it onto the broken lamp.
Squish on the nose.
And make him a top hat using an empty tin can and some craft foam.
When your done give Olaf’s African cousin a big fat kiss, before moving your snowman to his new home next to the pool 😉
I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peak into how we spend Christmas in South Africa and I’d love to hear how you celebrate in your part of the world. Wishing everyone a beautiful, safe and loving festive season and remember to pop on over to my international partners in crime to read all about there traditions.