Tip 4: It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… Actually it isn’t. You have to make Christmas come to you. My suggestions are: buy a CD full of Christmas songs and make yourself listen to it when Christmas (internet) shopping or when doing any Christmas activities; put up the Christmas tree and all the trimmings (even if snowflakes in the heat just seem wrong); buy or make some Christmas food to pull out whenever you have guests (or if you want to be sure of putting on the obligatory Christmas weight); attend any Christmas related event that you can.
I can report that Santa has visited Brunei at least twice already, I have attended one Christmas party, and been out singing Christmas songs once. I have wrapped one Christmas present and consumed no Christmas calories (but I have just dropped a dress size so I have some incentive not to!) There’s still time though…
Tip 5: Customize. I am not the only person to be celebrating Christmas in the heat. The Aussies do it magnificently with a BBQ on Christmas day and all the decorations, despite the heat.
Brunei is a Muslim country but plenty of places give a nod to Christmas through decorations and Christmas menus. I bought some lovely Asian tree decorations last year, which lend our tree a tropical feel.
There is no need to stay in a toasting hot kitchen all day in the name of tradition: do it your way and enjoy it!
(You can find Part 1 here if you missed it.)