Christmas in the Dark

In Dunedin, NZ, Christmas was almost on the longest day of the year--sunlight until 10 PM, Barbeque's on the beach, and that sort of thing. Here in Seattle, it's 3:28 PM, and the sun is already out of sight. It really brings a different sort of flavor to the whole event.

I have to admit that the Christmas season in the antipodes seemed to make more sense. Why do we have our most joy-filled religious celebration at the most dismal time of the year? Advent here is dark, cold and dreary. There it was sunny, (relatively) dry and warm. I'll take a Sunny Christmas over a White Christmas any day. Liturgically, it's great, and practically it's a lot better for parties. I will admit that hot apple cider and the big Christmas ham don't go down as well after a day on the beach though.

That said, I'm really looking forward to Christmas again this year, as I usually do, and I think I've turned a corner in that this is the first year when Seattle's winter weather hasn't noticably driven me crazy yet.

On a different note, am I the only one who thinks this is a little creepy?