CHRISTMAS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Christmas in South Africa is a summer holiday. In December, the southern summer brings glorious days of sunshine
that carry an irresistible invitation to the beaches, the rivers, and the shaded mountain slopes. Then the South
African holiday season reaches its height. Schools are closed, and camping is the order of the day. In South Africa
there is no snow, but it has many flowers, many beautiful varieties of cultivated and wild flowers being in their
In the cities and towns carolers make their rounds on Christmas Eve. Church services are held on Christmas morning.
Christmas Eve celebrations in larger centers include "Carols by Candlelight" and special screen and floor shows.
Homes are decorated with pine branches, and all have the decorated Christmas fir in a corner, with presents for the
children around. At bedtime on Christmas Eve, children may also hang up their stockings for presents from Father
Many South Africans have a Christmas dinner in the open-air lunch. For many more, it is the traditional dinner of
either turkey, roast beef, mince pies, or suckling pig, yellow rice with raisins, vegetables, and plum pudding,
crackers, paper hats, and all. In the afternoon, families go out into the country and usually there are games or bathing
in the warm sunshine, and then home in the cool of the evening. Boxing Day is also a proclaimed public holiday usually
spent in the open air. It falls on December 26 and is a day of real relaxation.
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