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As an American who grew up in the northern hemisphere where Christmas was meant to take place during the snowy and cold weather according to the … Read More
As an American who grew up in the northern hemisphere where Christmas was meant to take place during the snowy and cold weather according to the children’s books that I read when I was growing up. During the Christmas holidays, I always experienced cold weather, including ice or snow from time to time. Many people who I knew stayed indoors, sat by a fireplace, and wore sweaters. Some did skiing or ice skating or did play in the snow. Thus, visiting a country in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand, during the Christmas holiday was a cultural shock as everyone was hanging out at a beach or a park, drinking beers, barbecuing, splashing into the water, and playing cricket. This holiday festivity reminded me of the Fourth of July celebrations in the United States. Read Less
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