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    Default The Silly Season

    One question:

    How long does it take to get used to Christmas in the summer?

    I think I've got a pretty bad case of hemisphere lag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiHopeful View Post
    One question:

    I think I've got a pretty bad case of hemisphere lag.
    I'm still struggling with that North/South upside down thing, let alone the seasons.....

    We live on the southern edge of the city, but in my mental map we live at the top of Chch and the road to Picton at the bottom. I'm trying hard, but I just can't get used to seeing the mid-day sun in the North. Does that makes sense?

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    Yes, yes it does.

    The other problem with finding one's way around Chch is that the city fathers conspired against anyone who isn't a native.

    How else could you explain these two 'rules' of the layout of Chch's streets:

    1. No street is straight. Every street invariably bends at least 45 degrees once you turn onto it.

    2. Any street that is straight changes its name after a random number of intersections. Drive in one direction and you'll be on at least three different roads within five minutes.

    I get lost here all the time, and I come from Boston where you can travel on Rt. 128 and Rt. 95 in opposite directions at the same time!
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    "The north wind doth blow, and we shall have snow ..."

    I wonder how many Northern Hemisphere immigrants have got caught out by their wonderful new Kiwi home, with the southerly aspect.

    You do get used to feeling sorry for the Santa sweating profusively under his bulk-padding and sheepskin lined outfit (when you can find him). Christmas is so much more low-keyed here ... so much better for those who find Christmas a headache, but not much good for those who love the festivities, turkey, decorations and, of course, snow!

    Approaching my third Christmas here (well, third in a row) and am hardly aware it is just a few weeks away.

    As for addresses, we live in a road which has a different name to our postal address. Beggar for giving directions to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenda View Post
    Approaching my third Christmas here (well, third in a row) and am hardly aware it is just a few weeks away.
    Just how it is here and just how I like it. I won't say I didn't love Christmas years ago when the kids were small and things were different, but don't think I could cope with all the commercialism and 'having-to-keep-up-ism' of today. It pains me just thinking about it.
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    Ummmm. We went to do a spot of shopping yesterday and I must say it freaked us out to see Christmas trees, palm trees, blue skies and Christmas decorations all in one glance. We had to take photographs of it all to send home

    We have no idea how we will spend our first Christmas here - we don't feel we know the right thing for us to do and by that I don't mean what everyone expects of us, I mean what we feel is the right way for us to share the day.
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    Considering that I've usually celebrated Christmas under a gray and rainy sky, I'll gladly take the sunshine. But it is strange to think of Santa in his North Pole finest down south.
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