"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know. Where the treetops glisten and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow..."
And so goes the popular, timeless Christmas classic, which we Canberrans sing along to while we swelter and soak in sweat in the scorching summer heat. We live in a sunburnt country, a land of drought and flooding plains. But come December and Christmas time, we merrily decorate our homes with snowmen and reindeer and Santa Claus in his heavy red suit and fake snow and fake fireplaces and everything that's the complete opposite of our down under summer.
"I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year."
Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles' Dickens 'A Christmas Carol'