Christmas in New Zealand is great – sunny, and casual. BBQ dinners aren’t usual, and someone in the family almost always falls asleep in the sun after eating too much. Sunburn isn’t usual. Neither is a box full of empty beer bottles after lunch.
Like everywhere else in the world that celebrates Christmas, it’s a day of temptation, overeating, and self-medicating with alcohol – family, am I right?
I’ll be staying with my family for much of the break, at my parents’ place in one of the sunnier parts of the country at this time of year.
While they’re not ridiculously unhealthy, they’re not ones to prescribe to a off-to-the-gym-and-a-salad-for-lunch lifestyle. My brother’s of the knife-throwing, archery, and upper-body training persuasion. The rest of us… sit around and eat.
I plan on doing a fair bit of running. Take the dogs out for a bit of an explore – they’ll love it.
But it’ll be a bit of a change for me – running on country roads, in the heat, with a companion. I’m looking forward to it… but it’s going to take some getting used to.
I imagine it’ll be very different to the clean footpaths, overcast weather and cool temperatures here in Wellington. Or the treadmill in an air-condition gym, surrounded by the buff and motivated.
Any words of advice for the changes? Or am I making mountains out of mole-hills?
What are your plans for the Christmas break?