22 December 2014

The Christmas club- Christmas in the Falklands

Christmas in our house is marked by familiarity. Certain things happen at certain points in advent.
Particular decorations always go up, we always have an advent candle on the table, the chocolates on the tree can't be eaten until christmas evening. etc.

There was one year though that stands out because everything was very different.
When I was eight we moved to the Falkland Islands for a year. I remember it as a huge adventure and Christmas was right at the centre of that.

Christmas that year happened in Summer. It was Falkland Island's summer so it wasn't particularly warm, however it did cause the chocolate snowmen to melt.


Christmas that year was spent in t-shirts with church friends rather than family, owing to how far away we were.

That was the christmas our two wild Falkland Island kittens decided to literally bathe in the Turkey fat and had to be washed over the sink that evening.


That was the Christmas of the dolls house. Looking back, I think Santa must have been very very organised that year to get presents shipped over in time. But he was and we were thankful. On Christmas morning we opened our stockings and then we were told there was one more present waiting in the conservatory.
There it was. A playmobil dolls house, all ready to be played with. Which Santa seemed to have had great fun setting up for us!


That was the Christmas where we headed to the military base to meet Santa and he sat in a khaki tent waiting to greet us.

Every Christmas of my childhood was magical, but the Christmas we spent on the other side of the world was something else...

I'm joining in (a day late!) with Sian's lovely meme, The Christmas Club. Do pop on over to her blog to indulge in the festive stories of bloggers around the world. I suggest heading there with a cup of tea and a big mince pie as I assure you you will be there awhile! 

12 comments:

debs14 said...

What a wonderful experience! I've often wondered how it must be to have Christmas in the summer!

Maggie said...

Quite an adventure for your family. I love the melted snowmen and the naughty kittens!

ally said...

A Christmas in summer must have been very different. But fab memories. Merry Christmas abi

Sian said...

Something else indeed! Wow, certainly a Christmas to remember forever. That dollshouse looks pretty special too.

Thanks for coming clubbing with us Abi. Have a wonderful Christmas

Becky said...

Wow! What a special Christmas and a lovely memory to have. Hope you have a fantastic Christmas with all your family x

alexa said...

On my goodness, what a splendid doll's house! And a very prescient Father Christmas ... Lovely to read how different it all was.

scrappyjacky said...

That's some dolls house....great to hear about your different christmas.

Mel said...

What great memories of a different kind of Christmas! I loved play mobile too!

iwillbloom said...

Lovely post! I have not managed to get my story up - yet!

iwillbloom said...

Lovely post! I have not managed to get my story up - yet!

Missus Wookie said...

Oh how fun to have such a different Christmas to remember! Lovely photos too.

Ruth said...

Ah, the smell of a military 12x12 tent is a smell that will never leave me! Too late to wish you a Happy Christmas, so I'll settle on Happy New Year!