Christmas in South Africa is very different to the Christmas time I am used to growing up in Holland. Over there the days are very short. This time of the year the sun rises around 8:30 and already sets at 16:30. And it is nice and cold. Not Scandinavia cold, but cold enough to have an occasional ‘white Christmas’.
We put up fairy lights all over, not just in the Christmas tree. But in the trees in our garden, our window frames, in vases. You name it; we put fairy lights in or on it. Probably a desperate attempt to (over) compensate for the limited amount of daylight hours we have. Everything needs to be ‘gezellig’ as we call it.
Every year, I try and bring some of our Dutch ‘gezelligheid’ to our home in Kruger. But when it is 40 something degrees outside and the days are long, it somehow just does not feel the same. Which is totally ok. We just go with the South African flow!
The first Christmas Alex and I spent in Letaba with Steven we made a potjie. I have no idea why I thought that was a good idea. It was 45 degrees and really not the weather to have a good old hearty stew. Rookie mistake! We have learnt a lot since then;-)
This year, I have a very dear friend from Holland coming to visit! I am fetching her from the airport in Nelspruit today! So we are going to have a good old South African Braai and lemon meringue for dessert! The last few days we have had elephants all around the house again. Maybe the ellies will come and join us for Christmas dinner! That would be awesome!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Our Life in Kruger friends a very merry and blessed Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful time with your loved ones. And if you are in the park, enjoy! Maybe you will have some animal visitors for Christmas dinner too!
Lots of love from us here in Kruger!
Steven, Linda, Alex and Jack
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