All this hot weather got me to thinking. I try to imagine how an Australian child reconciles the season's decorations featuring snow and ice with the actuality of summer heat.
A couple of days ago, I watched an episode of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, a TV series set in Australia during the 1920's. In this episode, the characters celebrate Christmas in July by traveling to the Australian Alps to have a white Christmas. That seems like a lot of trouble. However, it illustrates how much of a hold the traditional image of Christmas has on Australians.