In Australia and New Zealand we are used to celebrating Christmas without a trace of real snow in sight. Many of the seasonal tropes, decor and carol lyrics are in stark contrast to the blisteringly hot summer sun we have to live through during the Christmas break.
But we're far from alone in having a 'winter holiday' that's always radically different from classic postcard images.
According to a recent study by the Pew Research Centre, in 2010 some 60% of the world’s Christians lived in what’s known as the ‘Global South’. Now, it’s not the same geographic distinction as the Southern Hemisphere (in fact, Australia and NZ both belong in the ‘Global North’ with other developed countries), but it’s a reminder that large swathes of Christian countries are in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Central and Southern America—places without fir trees and without your typical winter wonderlands.
Over in our summery corner of the world, we are keenly aware of the way even most Christmas song lyrics don’t ring true. Just this month an advertising campaign by Air New Zealand highlighted this fact in a humorous ‘Summer Wonderland’ music video you can watch below.
Seeing how many people around the world don’t actually celebrate a white Christmas, it’s really no surprise people are coming up with new songs for the occasion.