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A White Hot Christmas and Happy New Year – Photo Essay

By Daniel Craig
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 4, 2013 Last Updated: January 8, 2013
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Christmas lights and decorations are scattered around Perth City on the lead up to Christmas but there is not a hint of snow to be seen. (Daniel Craig/The Epoch Times)

Christmas lights and decorations are scattered around Perth City on the lead up to Christmas but there is not a hint of snow to be seen. (Daniel Craig/The Epoch Times)

While many countries on the other side of the globe prepared for a white snow-covered Christmas, Perth’s skies were a baby blue, and a record heatwave was expected to arrive at the same time Santa did.

For me, a hot beachside Christmas is what I’m used to, and I sometimes envy the idea of a white Christmas. There is something special about the falling snow, a warm cup of hot chocolate around a fire, and the childhood excitement that Santa will soon land his sleigh on a snow-covered roof.

 

Perth may not celebrate a white Christmas but rather a sun bathed Christmas. Volunteers help to raise money for charity by selling reindeer hats (L). A large Christmas tree in the city (Right). (Daniel Craig/The Epoch Times)

Perth may not celebrate a white Christmas but rather a sun bathed Christmas. Volunteers help to raise money for charity by selling reindeer hats (L). A large Christmas tree in the city (Right). (Daniel Craig/The Epoch Times)

A small army of Santas getting into the spirit of Christmas despite the summer heat. (Daniel Craig/The Epoch Times)

A small army of Santas getting into the spirit of Christmas despite the summer heat. (Daniel Craig/The Epoch Times)

In Santa’s stocking there was a vicious week-long heatwave for Perth, and boy did it strike with a vengeance. For a week straight over Christmas and New Year’s, temperatures averaged  37 degrees Celsius (98.6 F) or above and maxed out at  42.1 degrees Celsius (107.78 F) on New Year’s Eve.

The afternoon sun hammers down on a musician preparing for a parade. (Daniel Craig/The Epoch Times)

The afternoon sun hammers down on a musician preparing for a parade. (Daniel Craig/The Epoch Times)

When the temperature in Western Australia rises, many turn to the beach for relief. (Daniel Craig/The Epoch Times)

When the temperature in Western Australia rises, many turn to the beach for relief. (Daniel Craig/The Epoch Times)

A lone paddle boarder ventures across the ocean just before sunset. (Daniel Craig/The Epoch Times)

A lone paddle boarder ventures across the ocean just before sunset. (Daniel Craig/The Epoch Times)

Two people enjoy the soothing cool of the ocean as the sun sets on 2012. (Daniel Craig/The Epoch Times)

Two people enjoy the soothing cool of the ocean as the sun sets on 2012. (Daniel Craig/The Epoch Times)

Personally, I had a great holiday period (however short) and look forward to what 2013 will bring. I also wish you a belated Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

 




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