Category Archives: Wonders

Christmas Island

One day we thought of going to this island. It might have been while we were searching for “Chris Island” to see whether there is an island named as Chris. Google automatically included results for “Christmas Island.” Online navigation told us it will take us 1d and 17h+ to get there. We gave up, quick and easy.

It is located south of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. It is close to Papua New Guinea. It sounds as exotic as Papua New Guinea. So exotic that I’d never consider visiting.

Screen Shot 2018-03-31 at 6.08.38 PM

If you ever want to visit, you can fly from Perth or Jakarta. You can also take a cruise ship and “sample the delights of Christmas Island,” according to the official website of Christmas Island Tourism Association although currently none is scheduled to sail. The webpage will be updated once the cruise visits are announced. When would that be?

We have our own Christmas visits each year: one to New York City, and one to Media, PA. Those are where our families gather to celebrate the holiday season. We don’t do much to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ. We rather celebrate finishing another year alive, especially under the constant attacks by The 45.

Christmas Island has survived attacks, too. It was taken over first by “King of the Cocos Islands”, then by Japanese, next by the United Kingdom, and last by Australia. Its sovereignty was gone forever, with the UK’s Christmas Island Act in 1958. (Source: Christmas Island)

Whose Christmas is it? When I was young, it was of kids. Everyone was excited about colorfully decorated faux trees and gifts from “Santa.” In my teens, it was of friends. We stayed up all night over Christmas eve talking and singing in the church. When I got older, it was of couples. Everyone desperately seeked a date for the Christmas day and filled the streets roaming from restaurants to stores.

christmas.jpg

©iStockphoto.com/DNY59

We will probably never go to Christmas Island, but it will still be there. Would it? This tiny island of 52 square miles is less than 1,000 feet above sea level. How long would it stay above it? “Happy Holiday Season!” is what we write on our holiday cards these days. How long would Christmas last? Trump might have let us say ‘Merry Christmas’ again, but surely he won’t last forever.

Advertisements