Every year you watched the calendar, (im)patiently waiting for the school terms to tick over and for the mercury to climb all the way into summer.
Australians might miss out on having a white Christmas, but that blissful two months of school holidays more than made up for the lack of snowball fights and eggnog. The long holidays might’ve had your parents missing school days, but all we remember are the presents, the food and the extra time we had to really enjoy our favourite summer activities.
Sugary Cereal: The Underrated Holiday Treat
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That's what you heard all your life, and that’s the reason mum made sure you rolled out of bed and ate a bowl of cereal that wasn’t loaded with sugar every day. For some reason, she thought you’d rather be healthy than stuff your face full of Froot Loops.
That woman had some weird ideas about what breakfast ought to be. But then again, you made it this far without having to visit the dentist every other week, so maybe she was onto something?
Even still, it’s pretty hard to top the feeling of being freed from school for another year, sleeping in late and then tottering out to the kitchen to discover mum had blessed the pantry with a box of Frosted Flakes. Brimming with sugar and chocolate and fruity flavours that were reserved for special occasions, sugary cereal is the unsung hero of summer.
Sunburn, Sandcastles, and The World's Best Beaches
Australia is the kind of place where you can head to the beach about 9 months of the year, but most parents left it for summer break when it could be an all-day event. If you’re anything like us, then you can probably conjure up exactly how the car smelled on those trips down the highway: sunblock slathered liberally, rash vests kept in a drawer for too long, and dedicated beach towels that permanently smelled like the sea.
Maybe that’s not the sort of scent you’d bottle and bake into a candle, but it’s the smell of a childhood adventure to a place where you could spend the day building sandcastles and getting dunked by giant waves.
Parking in Front of the TV for Morning Cartoons
Forget Saturday morning cartoons or the 15 minutes of Cartoon Network you could catch before school, holidays meant the freedom to watch morning cartoons from start to finish. Or, at least, as much of them as you could fit in after you were done sleeping till 10 am.
Actually, pairing those morning cartoons with a bowl of the aforementioned sugar cereal was a whole vibe all of its own, and it’s a memory we wouldn’t trade for anything.
Hanging Out at the Park with Your Friends
Remember being a kid, when seeing your friends was as easy as picking up the landline and arranging to meet at the local park on your bikes? Summer was hot and long and not every day could be filled with beach trips. Luckily, it was pretty easy to make our own fun with the help of a play gym and an abundance of energy.
Meet up at the park, spend an hour having imaginary sword fights with suitable looking sticks, then get on your bikes and head to the corner store for a 50 cent ice cream. That was what summer was all about, and it gave your parents a few hours of respite, which is why your mum was always happy to give you a few bucks for snacks.
The Holidays Don't Have to End
The good news in all this nostalgia is that you’re an adult and you can visit the beach or buy yourself a box of whatever cereal you want! Maybe consider using the self-checkouts though - avoids the need for a cashier to look you up and down and judge your taste in breakfast foods. Otherwise, you could bring the summer holidays back into style with a little help from us. We’ve got boxers that capture the beach vibe or that let you declare your love for colourful cereal. Those options are the perfect companions this summer, and hopefully, they can inspire you to spend a little more time at the beach or to treat yourself to some nostalgic junk food!