Never less, having spent most of my life living in cool to colder climates, I suppose I just grew to equate Christmas with snow and colder temperatures. The whole Los Angeles thing hasn't really resonated with me either. It's a bit warm here in the winter time. But at least it cools down at night and we get the occasional rain during the season making it a bit more wintry. (Can I admit that seeing all of the photos at Dickster's and Bowie Mike's blogs has made me a bit homesick?)
I'm sure I've been a victim of all of the commercialization as well. Years of television and media influences have convinced me that -
Christmas = Icicles, snow, and cold!
A Christmas tree in Darling Harbor. The center of social activity and a great place to stroll and people watch.
It was 75 degrees F.
But if it's Christmas, there's shopping to be done. And one of the big destinations for shoppers in Sydney is Paddy's Markets.
Lots of retail items for sale by a variety of vendors.
So many T-shirts for sale. I couldn't force myself to buy one. I need another T-shirt like I need another bear market. I'm guessing none of my friends or family members are longing for a shirt that says Sydney either. But I could be wrong.
Another shopping destination is the Queen Victoria Building. AKA, the QVB. The QVB is a late nineteenth century building designed by the architect George McRae and constructed in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.
A photo of the southern side of the QVB which opens to Bicentennial Plaza facing Sydney Town Hall.
The inside of the QVB.
In addition to retail shops, there are eateries and coffee shops.
Note the summer attire.
So the bottom line is this: Many people live in the Southern Hemisphere or in warm and tropical climates. For those that celebrate Christmas, it's quite normal for it to be nice and warm during the Holiday season.
But for me, I'll keep dreaming of a White Christmas and hoping for snow!