by Incense_and_Peppermints 20 Replies latest jw friends

  • Incense_and_Peppermints

    i wonder what lurkers would think if our profiles all said we lived in christmas island . someone mentioned christmas island and i thought it would be a smashing idea, so i changed my profile country to christmas island. (does anyone know where that is?)

    anyway, soon some of you newly liberated ones can celebrate your first christmas... hooray! here's some christmas stuf to get you in the mood...

    (a christmas countdown:

  • larc

    Incense, do I know where Christmas Island is? You betcha, it is on planet earth, and it is surrounded by water.

  • Incense_and_Peppermints

    i found out where it is ... (don't they have a cool flag?)


    Geography and Climate

    The Island is the summit of a submarine mountain. It rises steeply to a central plateau dominated by stands of rainforest. The plateau reaches heights of up to 361 metres and consists mainly of limestone with layers of volcanic rock.

    The Island's 80 kilometre coastline is an almost continuous sea cliff, ranging in height to 20 metres. In a few places (about 13) breaks in the cliff give way to shallow bays and small sand and coral beaches. The largest of these bays forms the Island's port at Flying Fish Cove.

    The Island is surrounded by an encircling coral reef. There is virtually no coastal shelf and the sea plummets to a depth of about 5 000 metres within 200 metres of the shore.

    The climate is tropical and temperatures range from 21C to 32C. Humidity is around 80-90% and south-east trade winds provide pleasant weather for most of the year, although during the wet season, between November and April it is common for some storm activity to occur, producing a swell in seas around the island. The average rainfall is 2,000 mm per annum.

    Time Difference

    1 hour behind Western Standard Time (WST). 3 hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST) eg. 9.00am EST is 6.00am on the Island. Add one hour for daylight saving eg. 9.00am EST is 5.00am on the Island.


    Christmas Island was named on Christmas day 1643 by Captain William Mynors, the master of a passing ship. The first landing was recorded by William Dampier in 1688. For the next two centuries, little interest was shown in the island due to its rugged coastline.

    Following the discovery of phosphate deposits, the island was annexed by Britain in 1888.

    Christmas Island was occupied by Japanese forces from March 1942 until the end of the Second World War, and in 1946 became a dependency of Singapore.

    By agreement with the United Kingdom, sovereignty was transferred to the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 October 1958 under the Christmas Island Act 1958.

    The extensive phosphate deposits on Christmas Island have been mined for many years. The Phosphate Mining Corporation of Christmas Island ceased business in late 1987. The mine was reopened in 1990 by a local consortium and is now operated by Phosphate Resources Ltd (trading as Christmas Island Phosphates).

  • Beck_Melbourne

    Hey I& P

    There is one other on here who posts from Christmas Island

    I loved that little map. If you both posted from there for real...I could come over and have lunch with you both - that would fab!

    (((((christmas islanders)))))


  • Incense_and_Peppermints

    oh, beck, how is wish i did! i would love to meet you and give you a great big hug.

  • YoursChelbie

    Insense and Peppermints,

    I love Hello Kitty!

    How cool all those bright pictures!

    Reminds me of a time in my childhood when all of my extended family would spend time together.


  • Incense_and_Peppermints

    me too, chelbie. hello kitty is too cute...

  • Vivamus


    This year is the first Christmas I will celebrate in, uhm, a long time... Already my time is booked full for those few days, friends who just want to party with me, and I ain't complaining.

    Christmas is a coming!

  • Scarlet

    I am going to get a tree for the first time this year and can't wait. I already have started my list to buy gifts for (shopping thats the best part)!!!!

  • Beck_Melbourne

    Just a thought on Christmas, we should have an online Christmas party for

    We could do a Kris Kringle (excuse spelling LOL) and exchange electronic cards and gifts. This will be my second real Christmas...and I've already put a few gifts away for the kids...I buy something every time I see something nice on sale and it sits at the top of my closet...and because Christmas is new for them also, they have no idea that I am doing this and they haven't started snooping. I'm sure they will by mid November.


    ps..I love pagan holidays

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