Zee Monodee brings us a description of her celebration of December in a warm climate…something many of us dream about! Christmas is one holiday to celebrate this month, but there are many others. Thank you to Zee for sharing with us how she makes this month special.
Hey everyone! Thanks to Anastasia for having me over today; pleasure to be here.
So we’re all talking about December and the holiday season in our parts of the world. If I tell you BBQ, what do you immediately think? If you’re from the US, that would probably be Fourth of July weekend.
But if you’re in Mauritius, where I live (cue geography lesson: southern hemisphere, Indian Ocean, the tropics) then summer is in full force in…you guessed it – December!
Now, nothing spells summer better than eating outside in the evening and chilling with your near and loved ones. And yes, too – it’s just so hot that unless you have air con and can stay in a closed-off house with the air powering on high, then eating out where there might be a potential breeze to help you cool down is what you’ll crave.
And December means all the kids will be on summer break, and almost everyone tends to let loose a bit during that month. Work still goes on, but the pace is much more relaxed coz everyone is getting into the holiday mood. So this is really the perfect time to indulge. Family is also a huge thing here, and what better time to get together to spend some good times?
I’ve been married for 11 years now, and though I come from a big family, I stumbled into a whole other world when I met my husband’s family. Indians/Indian-origin folks love drama and over the top celebrations; my family is not the exception. But my husband’s relatives? Wow! They party at the drop of a hat! Impromptu family get-togethers happen every so often, and this aunt or that uncle or that cousin is calling every other week to ask everyone to dinner. The reason? Just because. They live for all the hoopla, the dhoom-dhaam as we call it in our Indian world.
No surprise then that we also stumbled into that tradition of having family over during December. But lol, we keep it small. The in-laws/parents and our siblings. We’ve now become renowned for our annual BBQ held sometime in the middle of December.
And what’s on the menu? Tandoori-spice chicken, lamb shanks, beef steaks, chicken franks (the kids, who are all teens now, lol, enjoy making hot dogs). You’ll get an array of salads – coleslaw, lettuce and tomato with mozzarella, cucumber with yoghurt. Dessert is usually my sister-in-law’s contribution – she and her eldest daughter will always come over with cake or crème brulee or some other dessert they tried their hands at.
An afternoon of get-together where hubby and his brother will man the grills while the kids bring over the latest games and set the console in the living room while we’re enjoying outside on the terrace. Then an evening of eating and fun and laughter – what could top that, eh?
This is what December means to us, and though we don’t celebrate Christmas, we do celebrate good times with our loved ones – and this, ultimately, is what the holiday season is about, right?
And what also happens during December? Cyclones! Yep, those awful tropical summer storms. But still, romance can happen during such troubled times…as proved in my very first 1NightStand story, Once Upon A Stormy Night.
One lucky commenter will win a copy of that story! Tell me about your December/Christmas season to enter the draw.
Stories about love, life, relationships… in a melting-pot of culture
Zee is an author who grew up on a fence – on one side there was modernity and the global world, on the other there was culture and traditions. Putting up with the culture for half of her life, one day she decided she’d stand tall on her wall and dip toes every now and then into both sides of her non-conventional upbringing.
From this resolution spanned a world of adaptation and learning to live on said wall. The realization also came that many other young women of the world were on their own fence.
This particular position became her favorite when she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of writing – her heroines all sit ‘on a fence’, whether cultural or societal, in today’s world or in times past, and face dilemmas about life and love.
Hailing from the multicultural island of Mauritius, Zee is a degree holder in Communications Science. She is married, mum to a tween son, & stepmum to a teenage lad.