Christmas Below the Equator

Spending the holidays in a warm place in the northern hemisphere (like Hilton Head Island, where my mom lives) is one thing. But celebrating Christmas during summer is quite another. My brain doesn’t know what to make of it.

Over the next few weeks, I will periodically post pictures of what the holidays look like in South Africa.

One of the coolest decorations I’ve seen so far is this “indigenous Christmas tree” at the Melville Visitor Centre.

It’s an aloe tree. The ornaments are dried lemon slices.

By the way, the Melville Visitor Centre is a great place to buy locally made Christmas presents and souvenirs. You can even buy your very own indigenous Christmas tree there. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood — it’s at the corner of 7th Street and 1st Avenue.

Ho ho ho.

Note: The Melville Visitor Centre has closed since the writing of this post.

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  • Reply lisa@notesfromafrica December 10, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I’ve lived here all my life and I still can’t wrap my head around Christmas in the middle of summer! 🙂

    Look forward to your experience of it.

  • Reply Ingrid Stahlman December 11, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Love it!!

  • Reply Marie-Lais Emond December 13, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Cool pic of our coolest tree in this hot clime

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