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A Crabtree Christmas

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Some of the Christmas goodies at Crabtree & Evelyn SA Some of the Christmas goodies at Crabtree & Evelyn SA Pictures supplied by Crabtree & Evelyn SA

A southern hemisphere Christmas is literally poles part from its northern cousin ... any eggnoggy thoughts of, Christmas pudding and snowsprinkled carollers go out of the window when the cicadas chirp like synthesisers on full strength, Christmas lunch consists of a braai round the pool in searing temperatures and there is lots and lots of cold beer.

The sort of presents that transcend geography are the Christmas array of goodies from Crabtree & Evelyn. Their festive food collection are the kind of thing one does want to find around the tree on Christmas morning, no matter the weather. Spiced biccies, Noel room sprays, home diffusers, white-dusted twig trees with delicious glittery ornaments, soap tins, perfumes, festive bath and gift sets ... who could say no to that, or even a little gift card?

South Africa was treated to a Crabtree & Evelyn end of year party at their Sandton and V&A Waterfront stores recently, regallng guests with a saxophonist playing traditional carols, lots of eats and treats and most delicious of all, cocktail glasses filled with "The Green Fairy:, as absinthe was known in the 19th century.

After scouring the shops MD of the company Michele Higginson had found herself a dress in the exact shade of green needed, and provided absinthe fairies with cute little wings to greet guests as they came through the doors.

The potent absinthe poured through cubes of sugar went down like a treat, warming us to the very soles of our feet! Fortunately there were lots of cheesy snacks and nibbles to line our bellies although I found myself doing a bit of a speed wobble towards the doorway at one stage, looking for air!

The rest of us went on a massive shopping spree, with 20 percent off just for the day. Some had brought big baskets just for the occasion and were filling them generously with all sorts of Christmassy delights.

It was just the sort of thing us southerners needed to put us in the festive spirit, as normally we look in disbelief at shop windows sporting decorations when the weather is as sweltering as it has been this fine summer of 2015!

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