Hooray! It’s that time of year. Yes, that time of year. The time when cinnamon is everywhere even in places where there normally isn’t, the time when red, green, silver, and gold replace all other colors, and the time when trees and lights and glitter and happiness is rampant in the streets. Are rampant in the streets. Ahem.

YAY! Is this anyone else’s absolute favorite time of year? Because it’s my favorite time of year. Not only is it just amazing. It’s also a celebration of the single most important event EVER (well, maybe second to his being crucified and coming back to life), Jesus being born. Even though he was technically born in July or something, but anyway. I adore Christmas ever so much!!!

Last year was hilarious. It was my first ever Christmas on the beach and my second one in South Africa since we’d moved back, so I wasn’t quite into the whole “Africa’s sun is hot” thing yet. My mom, dad, brother, his wife, my sister, her friend, and I all went to the beach for the day, and I was determined to milk it since it was my only day off from work. I, being the smartest person ever to walk the earth, decided not to put any sunblock on. That’s right, folks. None.

To say that what followed was painful is kind of the understatement of the year. My sister, her friend, and I, who were not used to the beach and jazz, since they live in Gauteng, were all red, swollen, and generally in pain. My brother and his wife, of course, spent the evening shaking their heads at us wisely and teasing “you kids” about not being responsible (even though my sister is older than my brother, but anyway). This while we’re sitting there putting frozen packs of chicken entrails and peas on our skin to soothe the burn.

Of course, the next day, I had to go to work and they got to stay home and sleep off their sun-sickness. Psshh. But ouch. I mean, ouch. That will not happen again if I can help it. Seriously, have you ever tried peeling stretch jeans off of red and swollen sunburned legs after a day of sweaty work? It pains much. However, in a weird, roundabout way, it was so much fun. It was only the second time we had all been together for Christmas since we’d moved to the States. And it was most definitely a Christmas none of us will ever forget.

So. The next two weeks will be filled with happiness, involving Christmas present wrapping, Christmas present making, and sun preparations:) I hope all of you have an awesome time in the pre-Christmas goodness that is good.


P.S. Yes, I take the pictures for the blog myself, and the two that are not mine I got from copyright-free sites. Just to let you know.

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