Hot and Happy in South Africa
Christmas is midsummer in South Africa with temperatures averaging 30 degrees. Most families celebrate with an outside meal or braai along with plenty of swimming or a visit to the beach. Schools are closed for five weeks of summer holidays and many people head to the mountains or coast.
My family is Roman Catholic and so we celebrate Christmas by attending Mass on Christmas Eve. Afterwards, we gather around the tree to swop presents and then a cooling swim in our own pool is a relaxing way to end the night.