Christmas

When I was growing up, my family lived in the southern hemisphere. Most of the time everything was normal, but Christmas was in the middle of summer. Every year, we woke up early on the 25th of December to open our presents, then my family would get together for Christmas dinner, which we ate in the middle of the afternoon, usually around 2:30 p.m.

The turkey was cooked outside on the barbecue, along with the roast potatoes, pumpkin and onions. My grandmother made the Christmas pudding in June, but we still had to boil it for four hours before we
could eat it, and it was always served with brandy. Eating the meal took a couple of hours.

In Europe, where it’s cold at Christmas, it’s quite nice to have such a large meal, but when it’s more than 30 degrees Celsius, it’s terrible. After the meal, my cousins and I would go to the beach and play cricket for three or four hours. The only time there were any problems was when our dog caught the ball and buried it in the sand. We loved hitting it into the water though, because it meant we could go for a swim.

Glossary

the southern hemisphere – jižní polokoule
turkey – krocan
pumpkin – tykev/dýně
Christmas pudding – vánoční pudink
to boil sth – něco vařit
cricket – kriket

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