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For those of us living in the northern bits of the northern hemisphere, Christmas has specific connotations. After all, conveniently and not entirely coincidentally, it also marks the winter solstice. There is often snow about, although less likely in Britain these days. And the odd Robin. Not many sightings of mangers and suchlike these days in our secular society. But would Bob Cratchit have tugged the heart strings as effectively, and would Ebenezer been quite the harsh taskmaster if they’d both been riding the surf in their budgie smugglers? I think not.
So John Shingleton’s way of offering Season’s Greetings to all Macfilos readers is somewhat unusual, to our northerly eyes. No snow, no robins, no bracing walks to the pub. Just boring old sun, and a surfing Santa in a pair of Flexpandable Stubbies.
I can add our good wishes to Macfilos readers whether in Guam (yes, we do have one) or in New York, London or Hong Kong. And in Australia and New Zealand, of course. Enjoy The Season, The Holidays, the Winter or Summer Solstice and, even, Christmas. Old traditionalist that I am, I shall be eating turkey and cranberry sauce and finishing off with Christmas Pudding, a confection that only the British seem to like. Everyone (except perhaps our friends in Australasia) detests it.
Macfilos is taking a couple of days off. So enjoy whatever you are doing.
You can find more from John Shingleton at The Rolling Road or on Instagram at therollingroad.