The time leading up to Christmas Day on 25 December– when Christians celebrates the birth of Jesus – is an exciting time for many of us. It’s school holidays, Christmas music is playing everywhere and there’s delicious food and the promise of presents under the tree.
Here in the Southern Hemisphere – in countries such as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina – we celebrate Christmas in summer. But many of the Christmas traditions, such as Father Christmas with his sleigh and reindeer, come from the Northern Hemisphere, where it’s winter at this time of year.
So while we can braai and go swimming over the festive season, they’re shivering in the snow over there.