Day 10 – Finding that ‘Home for the Holidays’ Feeling when Everything is Different
I remember the first time I saw Santa Claus in a swimsuit. Not a pretty sight. It was our first Christmas in South Africa, and we were walking through a local mall. There before us was a Christmas display showing Santa on a surfboard with board shorts and sunglasses. [gasp] SOOO wrong on so many levels. Erwin and I looked at each other and said, “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.” We were about to experience a VERY DIFFERENT Christmas. SHOCK #1 – SWELTERING HEAT What a shock to experience a HOT Christmas on this side of the planet. We’d only ever known the snowy, cold Christmases in Canada—freezing temperatures, warm fires in the fireplace, ice skating and tobogganing, and hot apple cider to warm up afterward. Snow wasn’t an inconvenience—it was our friend.