So what's it like ... a White Christmas?

For most of us in Australia, the concept of a White Christmas is so foreign it is hard to even imagine. Normally in late December (for those of us in the north of the country at least) we are in the grip of a heat wave. The only reprise is the air conditioner or head to the beach. Christmas here is sitting around in the shade of the patio, normally with the hose to spray the kids to keep them from exhaustion, a few VERY cold beers, watermelon, prawns, cold meat and salad. Mind you there are still a few sticklers for the hot roast lunch ... phew!!!

So what's it like? A White Christmas ... snow in general? Never seen snow myself ... in real life that is.

I have been trawling the DT database and finding images like this pretty model in the snow. Man ... that has to be cold! So is it that cold really? I mean, she looks so happy and I see more images of kids playing in the snow. Totally foreign to me ... seems weird?

© Novic

Anyways, most of the great carols at Christmas mention snow, and jingle bells. Bells ringing in the heat here would just be another annoyance. We saw images on the news last week of upper New York State where people were iced in ... that would be a shock for the system.

Like I said, foreign. But for you with a White Christmas, from us in the tropics, I hope it is fun and you have a safe and enjoyable time with the folks you love.

Photo credits: Karenr, David Omar, Arman Zhenikeyev.

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January 22, 2009


I love the small amount of snow we get. Not enough to make you terribly unhappy but enough to play in. You get snow shoes and sleds and have at it! But then again, I don't like to be real hot. In the summers I exercise very early and then swim in the afternoon. Can't play in it all day. However, I can be flexible...if I won a trip to Australia, I'd go!

January 22, 2009


Maybe sometime you'll be able to visit a place that has snow - Colorado in the United States is a great place - it's where we live. :)

December 16, 2008


Snow is wonderful. I can't imagine winter without snow. Chilly indeed, but this is the fun. Cold, wet, soft, blindingly white sometimes. I am a summer fan myself but I would not miss a snow fight :). I still keep the sleigh I had as child and use it from time to time when I go to my grandparents. You have got to see snow. Absolutely and definitely. You breathe differently when it is snowing.

December 15, 2008


Oh man, I'm jealous , everyone is enjoying cold, Oh man -30 I cant even imagine, I live in a place where the temp is above 50 for nine months, and during this season, our winter the temp is 27 to 33. I wish i could experience snow.

December 15, 2008


I live in Michigan... it doesn't get much colder than the "lake effect" coming at you from all sides. Just last week we got 6 inches. Minus the cold.... it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I can't imagine Christmas with out the snow glistening on the roof tops and sparkling in the trees. Makes for some beautiful photos.

December 15, 2008


Just take a nice warm shower, and then crawl in a chest freezer for about six months. That's winter, ohh but don't forget that anything that is mechanical will breakdown when it gets bitterly cold.
Snow and cold are four letter words. Stay warm.

December 15, 2008


It's cold, wet, back breaking to shovel out of the way just to get to work. The ice is worse. You are not missing anything. That's why I moved to Florida.

December 15, 2008


I've got some shots of my kids playing in the snow from a week ago when it was about -3C. In Alberta it is quite dry, so you can tolerate colder weather better than somewhere near water. On a sunny day you can go out in a t-shirt for a few minutes in -10C with no problems. Right now, though, it is -30C and no-one is going out without a lot of clothing. I don't have any happy pictures from when it is this cold! In general you can have a lot of fun in cold weather too - you just need to dress properly. It has some advantages over heat - you can always put more clothes ON when it is cold!

December 15, 2008


Yes, it IS cold! We currently have about zero degrees Centigrade around here in Switzerland, and just last Saturday I went to a place nearby where I live, just 1100 m over sea level and the snow there was over half a meter deep. Good fun with snowshoes, but I'd trade the snow for the beach any day!

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