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Christmas is coming

So here we are, Christmas Eve. After yesterday’s heat, it was still 30 degrees C overnight. Thankfully it’s cooled down now to 25, and I’ve opened up the house to let it all in — though hopefully not too many flies.

Tomorrow we’ll pile over to my sister’s house for Christmas lunch, but it’s looking like we won’t get to use the pool, as evidently it will be cooler, so not the stinking hot Australian Christmas we sometimes get.

“We can’t replicate an Australian Christmas over here. It’s too cold. Sometimes it snows. You can hear sleigh bells. Nah, it’s not like Christmas at all.” — Lee Tulloch in New York, The Age, 22/12/99

Brighton Beach Station Christmas decorations
Brighton Beach station

Bourke St at Christmas time
Bourke Street

Little Bourke St at Christmas time
Little Bourke Street

To all those reading, thanks for all the comments over the year, and have a great Christmas and New Year.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

12 replies on “Christmas is coming”

Merry Christmas to you and your family Daniel! I hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday. We’re expecting a fine Christmas Day here, but then on Boxing Day a horribly system of snow, freezing rain and rain will move in. Ugh! They can’t predict what combination we’ll get until the system is actually here. But suffice it to say, it won’t be a good day to travel, obviously.

Merry Christmas to you too, and all the best for the New Year!!
I was quite disappointed I couldn’t find a decorated Ventura Bus this year. Last year, Ventura decorated (I think) bus 887, with tinsel and everything.

My 12th (or so) Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere. However, I’ve never had snow fall around me on a Christmas Day (a true ‘White Christmas’ apparently).

I spent the Christmas Eve out with my wife (here in Japan, Christmas Eve is akin to Valentine’s Day for the young, and for the married with families, eating KFC and a gaudily decorated sponge cream cake.

Today – Christmas Day – is a working day, and all the Christmas decorations will have disappeared in the stores, to be replaced by the traditional Japanese New Year’s decorations. Christmas stops on Dec 24 here!

Christmas in Japan is often a bizarre event, but I’ll celebrate here with my wife (who has taken the day off).

Merry Christmas Daniel, to you and your family. May this season be a great one for all, and may we all have a Happy New Year.

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