The chimes of Jingle Bells and other familiar Christmas tunes are taking the airwaves again at shopping malls. Faux Christmas trees are up and people are talking about Secret Santa and sharing highlights of their year.

As much as we would love to have a white Christmas, experience a ride on sleighs and take walks outside in winter wear, none of those things relate to how Christmas truly is in Malaysia.

Malaysia has the warmest Christmas in the world, and we’re not just talking about the temperature.

Today more than ever, we are living in a cold, cold world. Despite the growing global population, people are still feeling alone. Technology has driven a gap between you and me, war and civil unrest have caused everyone to be a little less friendly towards each other, even during the festive seasons. To some people, Christmas is no longer the time to gather with their loved ones because the warmth isn’t there anymore.

In Malaysia, however, things are different.

In this melting pot of cultural and ethnic diversity, we grew up learning how to live together with our neighbours, treating them with love and kindness. Couple that with our nation’s climate, what we have is definitely the world’s warmest Christmas — because you can’t find anywhere else with the sun blazing this hot and the people’s love for one another shining so bright.

Now you must be wondering, how does one celebrate the world’s warmest Christmas? We’ve got that covered.

We don’t have any snowy winter wonderland in Malaysia, but what we do have are sandy beaches — MANY, MANY sandy beaches. The sand is soft and warm; perfect as a substitution to snow for those who yearned to make snow angels.

Hanging Christmas socks at the fireplace may be a tradition in Western countries, but with an average temperature of 32°C every year, having a fireplace in a Malaysian home is certainly not a good idea. But these days, most households have an air-conditioning unit. So why not hang the socks on the AC instead?

A suit and a bowtie are usually worn by the gingerbread man, but in Malaysia the heat is simply too much to bear. Switch the attire for beach shorts! For all we know, gingerbread man could use a Christmas vacation by the beach too.

What’s cold, colourful and made out of food? A snowman cendol! In countries with sufficient snowfall, snowmen are often left to the elements once it has been made, but let’s not be so wasteful. Build a snowman in a bowl of cendol and you can eat it after it’s done!

Baubles were invented to replace apples, the original Christmas tree ornamental fruit, the reason being that apples can be too heavy as an ornamental item. In Malaysia, we don’t have to settle for baubles because rambutans are much lighter! They are spherical like baubles and they come in different colours like baubles. Best of all, they are edible — you can be sure all the Malaysians in the house would rejoice to that!

No matter how you like to celebrate Christmas, let’s not forget the values of this festive season. Grace has brought us this far through the year, so let’s end it with a bang by being kind and loving to each other. Don’t let this Christmas pass you by without giving back to the community that showed you warmth. It’s time to be the most Malaysian that you can be.

GanforHire wishes you the world’s warmest Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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