While most of North America is living in a deep freeze, we’re experiencing warm, sunny days with a breeze to keep us cool. It feels a bit strange after 25 years of white Christmases, to wake up to sunshine streaming through my bedroom window, 12 hour days and an average temperature of 27° C. This Christmas there’s been none of the usual shopping frenzy of Christmases past, no unnecessary stress as to whether the house is decorated just so, or worrying about how the heck I’m going to afford it all.
My house is tiny and so the decision not to have a Christmas tree this year was an easy one. That and the fact that we have a kitten who’ll probably just destroy it. I hung a few little twinkly lights outside on my veranda, (which will probably stay up all year now) and called it a day. Next year will probably be better. For Christmas dinner, a small gathering of friends, each of whom will bring a dish and a bottle of wine. There’ll probably be pre-drinks by the pool. Perfect.
Laid back as it sounds, it’s been quite a busy week leading up to Christmas.
Placencia Boat Parade
Last weekend saw the annual Placencia Boat Parade, which was magical.
Dinner and Jazz Night
A lovely three-course meal ensued – lobster bisque, turkey roulade, ham and vegetables, rounded off with apple crumble and ice cream. A really great evening with good friends.
Tipsy Strip Extravanganza
On December 23rd – tonight, in fact – there’ll be a tree lighting, Santa, presents for the kids, hot chocolate, nachos, chocolate chip cookies, cocktails (yummm, cocktails), Christmas Carol singing competition for the primary school kids – what’s not to love?
Placencia Christmas Parade
This is my first Christmas in Belize and I’m very excited for the parade held on Christmas Eve. Afterwards, we’ll be spending it with friends for a few appetizers and drinks.
In the meantime, we walked around the village and had a look at all the lovely Christmas decorations
This is my last post before Christmas day, so merry Christmas to you all and see you on the other side!