Our Christmas and New Years this year couldn’t have been more different to the last.  Last year we decided to stay in Libya, as friends from London were coming to join us.  We had an unseasonably warm two weeks for the entire time they were here, hovering around 30 degrees most days.  Being unused to such temperatures even on a typical summers day in the UK, our guests were sun-baking and taking dips in the Mediterranean.  There certainly wasn’t an abundance of Christmas music in the stores, nor queues for gifts or decorated shop fronts, but we pulled together what we could find in the way of decorations and festive food and had a Christmas we’ll never forget.


This year, we decided on a white Christmas, and the way things turned out, with most people unable to fly due to severe snowstorms, it wouldn’t have been too hard to find.  Find it we did - in Austria - and after one plane, a train and a bus, we managed to reach our destination.  We were thankful we had made it, after hearing of many of our friends grounded in transit.


In the two weeks we were away, driving through Germany and Austria, there was not a square inch of ground that hadn’t been touched by snow.  Outside the front door of our rented apartment, a small ‘mountain’ had formed, from day and night after night of heavy snow fall.  We bought a sled for our son (‘we can always use it on the dunes back in Libya’ we thought to ourselves) and after our backs were aching from pushing him around, we hit the slopes on skis.


Both years brought the perfect Christmas, stark in contrast as they were.  I wonder which way the pendulum will swing next year?


Happy New Year!


Emma




      

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By Emma Parker

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SIMPLY A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS TIME

Sunday 2nd January 2011

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