Hello! My name is Cindy Bear and I live in Melbourne, Australia with my Mum (we say Mum in Australia, not Mom). Here is a picture of me.
I am 42 years old and was born in England. I am a Wendy Boston brand of teddy bear and I was sent to Australia when I was just a baby. I was given to my Mum when she was 6 months old and we have been best friends ever since.
It is summer in Australia and this is the time when schools have their summer/Christmas holidays. My Mum is a teacher at Preston Girls’ Secondary College, which is a high school. She is on holidays for 5 weeks.
We are preparing for Christmas! I can’t wait for Santa to come! Although my Mum always says she doesn’t need any presents, anything to do with Harry Potter would make her happy. Over the years, she as been given a few other teddy bears, but she always gives them away, so my place in her heart is safe!
Today is very hot; 98 degrees F. However, Christmas Day is forecast to be about 68 degrees F. This means that my Mum and her family will be happy as they like to have a traditional Christmas dinner; turkey, chicken, ham, roast vegetables. Plum pudding, custard and ice cream for dessert. You can understand why many Aussies like to have a barbeque or cold seafood for Christmas when we have such a hot climate.
On Christmas Eve, we always watch the Carols by Candelight on television. Held in the city of Melbourne, sometimes up to 100,000 people attend to sing Christmas songs and raise money for Vision Australia, a charity that helps people who are blind and vision impaired.
On Boxing Day, the largest stadium in Australia, the MGC (Melbourne Cricket Ground) is host to a huge cricket match. Cricket is kind of like baseball, but the game goes for 5 whole days! On the first day, between 60,000 and 80,000 people go to cheer on Australia. So the match goes from 26th – 30th December. On 27th December, my Mum is volunteering at an event at the cricket ground, to raise money for a charity called the McGrath Foundation. I have heard a rumour that our Prime Minister (equal to your President) might attend and my Mum has told me that she has challenged herself to sell the Prime Minister a hot pink cap! (Here is a picture of the pale pink. Maybe he’d look better in that??)
However you celebrate the season, have a lovely, safe time. Be kind to each other, think of other people less fortunate than yourselves and don’t forget to hug your teddy!