THE FIVE SENSES OF CHRISTMAS: AUSTRALIAN EDITION
The feeling that Christmas is almost upon us is often evoked by different sensations. I look on a little enviously at those who experience a white or even a cold Christmas. Maybe next year... But for now, here's my Christmas sensations.
- •SmellWhen I walk into my kitchen first thing in the morning all I can smell is stone fruit. Mangoes, apricots, nectarines, the bowl of cherries that I need to put in the fridge. Other notable smells include regular barbecues in the neighborhood. So much is being grilled outdoors lately.
- •TasteChristmas in Australia generally has the flavor of prawns, salmon, seafood in general, lamb, chicken - most of this is barbecued by the way, served with lots and lots of salads. Desserts like pavlova, cheesecake, fruit, anything cold is a winner. As a non-carnivore, this might be the year I try tofurkey. We'll see.
- •TouchNothing kills my Christmas spirit more than putting up the tree in 40 C heat. The feeling you get when the tinsel sticks to your skin is not pleasant.
- •SoundThe sound of the aircon, or the fan making the tinsel rustle & the baubles bounce together when it oscillates past the tree. Also, I have a favorite record from my childhood that I love to listen to at least once during the Christmas season - A Chipmunk Christmas. I know every word on that LP by heart.
- •SightSo many shiny things! Did I buy enough fairy lights? Maybe I should buy more. Speaking of things bright, is the sun brighter than usual? It's so hot, I'm drawing the curtains & putting the aircon on.