2012 definitely has the most warm / bright / balmy / sunny / subtropical Christmas that this Nebraska farmboy can remember. Okay, so I guess that’s because this Nebraska farmboy is hanging out on beaches in the Southern Hemisphere. Not only am I not up on the other side of the world right now, but Christmas Day has been literally THE single hottest day that I have ever seen in Wellington. The indoor/outdoor thermometer at a friend’s house topped out at 39 degrees Celsius… which is ridiculous and must have had some help from direct sunlight… but even my indoor one says that it’s hit 83 in the last 24 hours. (And yes: my indoor thermometer is still allowed to be in Fahrenheit because it’s my room, I can set it however I want, and I’m from ‘MERICUHHH. Deal with it.)
I’ve honestly got to say that it’s a huge mixed bag of upsides and downsides not being able to make it home for Christmas. Of course it sucks that I can’t see my family and friends back home – but then there are heaps of ways that this is actually better in the long run. At any rate, there’s no doubt in my mind that this was definitely how things were meant to be… I know because I spent about 48 hours of sheer madness trying (and failing) to re-arrange my plans in so many different ways.
On one hand, I really am dreaming of a white Christmas – which seems to impress a lot of Kiwis about Nebraska (they just weren’t there for the blizzard a few years ago). On the other hand: I got a full refund for my flights, which would NOT have happened in 24 hours either direction. I’ll be able to have much more money and holiday time to use when it really counts. Not only that, but I got to spend Christmas Day making music, hanging out on the beach, and then stretching out with some friends under a giant Christmas tree lit up in Waitangi Park… out under the light of the moon and the Southern Cross and Orion arching upside-down across the sky.
Basically, I have absolutely zero room to complain.
Merry Christmas ya filthy animals… and a happy New Year.
Here’s a special treat for those who’ve not already heard it: [Moore Brothers - White Christmas]
Seeya in 2013.