As the end of another year draws close, the temperature has increased in Central Australia with a hint of humidity and everyone is winding down for the Christmas festivities. Many families leave Alice Springs for seaside resorts or to the major cities to spend time with loved ones or simply to get away for a bit.
When you live in such a remote location, it's good to go somewhere else at least once per year. Somewhere where the sights are greener and there are more places to go. More choices for everything. If you are lucky, the place you visit will be a bit cooler although temperatures in some of the major Australian cities have been as hot as Central Australia this year. All part of the planet's cyclical climate change pattern.
We are staying at home this year. Our family isn't religious, so Christmas is more a time when we get together and celebrate our togetherness. We do exchange gifts, following the tradition of the three wise men whom legend has it provided baby Jesus with gifts. We'll take time out to eat some lovely food, including roasts, drink a bottle or two of beer or wine ... or maybe both ... and generally laze about. Perhaps we will discuss our plans for 2014 and beyond.
If you celebrate Christmas, we hope you have a safe, pleasant and relaxing festive season.
for the Henry family