I have now lived on the island for fourteen years, and for the last four years I have had the great privilege to celebrate Christmas with my friends who have been here during the festive season.
On Christmas Eve, the sun was shining, the sea was like a mirror and it was about 20 degrees outside. It was a very beautiful Christmas day. We met as usual at three o’clock and for us who live abroad are unable to see Donald Duck’s Christmas Eve on SVT-world in Sweden, but instead it shows “Karl Bertil Jonsson’s Christmas Eve”, and “Can you whistle Johanna”.
I must admit that I miss my Donald on Christmas Eve; I basically grew up with him. But it is nothing to really dwell on although I have no real Christmas spirit either with green lawns and sun with 20 degrees outside.
But so what? Now it’s Christmas and I celebrate it with good friends and we eat good Christmas food purchased from IKEA, such as ham, herring and hard bread. The rest we find in the stores here or have brought them from Sweden (except Bridget, she does everything herself).
We sing drinking songs and socialize, and the Christmas gift distribution occurs after eating. Then Christmas presents are opened one by one and then there will be more socialising. I came home at nine o’clock in the evening and the day passed just as quickly as Christmas Day and Boxing Day did.
I came up with the idea (and it stayed as an idea) to swim on Christmas Day, but at the mere thought I changed my mind. I can always blame the bad weather, which was cloudy and about 18 degrees!
I went instead with my dog sitter and we had a homemade Cypriot lunch at Magarina Bulli restaurant, the sea is always there, right? If I don’t go today I can go tomorrow.
I remember when I first came to the island; it was at Christmas time, when I and my then husband went to Karpaz on Christmas Eve. It was brilliant sunshine, surely around 25 degrees outside, we sunbathed and I think we also bathed. I actually took a Christmas dip three or four years ago only to have bathed on that particular day, but it was not nice, YIKES, so cold! I normally swim if it is below 25 degrees in the water; I am very spoiled you see.