by John Smith Williams
Sunday, December 14, 2003
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OK so we're different, it doesn't mean we don't know the meaning of Christmas
Christmas Down Under.
The strong sun burns the parched earth,
No sign here of snow, or mirth,
Day after day the sun blazes with full heat,
This is not the place for the pale and week.
Christmas time here does not have sleet or snow,
Reindeer certainly would have no place to go,
Santa’s sled would not slide along the dusty road,
And he’d be too busy moping his brow to go Ho Ho Ho,
Pine trees do not grace our forests green,
Gum and wattle are the trees that are seen,
It’s so hard to build a snowman when all you’ve got is dust,
No ice upon the dams only water so swim you surely must,
Sunshine and heat we see on that celebrated natal day,
Sometimes it gets so hot it would take your breath away,
For many plum pud and turkey is not our traditional feast,
A barby is the thing to do, may be near the beach,
Christmas has varying traditions and different in many lands,
But no matter how we see it, there is one basic plan.
The birth of baby Jesus who came to save mankind,
If we keep our faith and celebrate, with heart, soul and mind.
John W 15/12/03.
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|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|John, I enjoy very much reading about other places & how they celebrate or do not if that is the way, Christmas. Another author on AD lives "down under" and has spoken of the heat and like that! I especially like the line above, "AND HE WOULD BE TOO BUSY MOPPING HIS BROW TO GO HO, HO, HO!" I personaly could live with out the heat but it is fine we have it & it is nice to see it go & return later...I like the seasons, although we no longer seem to have 4 seasons, now just winter and summer...Peace, ED & rufuz (w00f)|
|Reviewed by Sandie Angel
|I guess there's no snow during the Christmas season where you are. Wonderful write indeed! Christmas can be so much fun, with or without the snow.
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you and your family.
Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu :o)
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|Enjoyed reading about your 'Christmas Down-under!' Can I Fed-Ex you some snow? I've got way more than I need.|
|Reviewed by Kate Clifford
|I like the idea of having a barby in the heat for celebrating Christmas! and a nice swim. Thanks for sharing your celebrations.|
|Reviewed by Gaye Dale (Reader)
|Big smiles, John - That's the Christmas I know! I'ts sunburn season again - don't you love it?! I've just organised our local Christmas Parade and I had to warn our dear old Santa to keep a bottle of iced water beside him in the sleigh because his suit was bought in America LOL - made for chilling cold.... Poor old dear - he was such a trooper!|
|Reviewed by Larry Rochelle
|Take relief in know that scientists/historians have placed the birth of Christ closer to May or June. Will you be closer to cold weather and snow then? Thanks, John.|
|Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot
|Hmmm, father why hath thou forsaken me?, then he said, into thy hands i commend my spirit!
Oh well John, not all will see.
But I see, and I appreciate, and this was a lovely offering, and by GUM we are headed for a shocker of a hot one this year, how's it down your way, stinkin hot here today, 41 it is.
|Reviewed by jude forese
|"The birth of baby Jesus who came to save mankind"
no one can save mankind from himself ...
"father, why have you forsaken me?"
|Reviewed by Jim Dunlap
|The meter is a bit off here and there, but otherwise, this is very nice. I certainly enjoy hearing about how the other half of the world celebrates Christmas. And a Merry Christmas to you, by the way.|