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If you visit one of the mountain hotels at this time of year, you might be forgiven for thinking we are a little out of step with time. Christmas trees with lights, roast turkey and plum pudding. We celebrate Yulefest throughout June, July and August, for those that hanker for a northern hemisphere cold Christmas instead of our usual frying heat.

Photo: Holly in my garden,
not a native plant, a weed

Words to walk with:
From Deck the Halls a traditional Christmas carol
"Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la. "