My first Summer Christmas! Here I am on Christmas Eve, enjoying a "cold one" (that's one of the local terms for a cool lager) under the Christmas tree, surrounded by "pressies" (that's presents) and balloons (that's the same - balloons).
The weather being so warm and humid didn't help make it feel like Christmas for me. It wasn't until Christmas Eve really that it finally FELT like it. That was when my Aussie host family really swung into action with decorating the big main living room. A beautiful Christmas tree (pretty nice for a fake one) had been up for a while but all the Xmas cards and extra tinsel around the room was put up on Xmas Eve. Cath & Jay blew up about 50 coloured balloons for Joshua to find around the tree in the morning, in front of all the pressies. And they played their own Bonzer Aussie Christmas album incessantly. Musos - what are they like.
Next morning, Joshua was overjoyed to discover all the balloons and played with them for well over an hour before wanting to get into the pressies. He had to wait, you see, for the rest of the family to arrive, particularly his cousin Jayte (she's 2 and a half years old), so they could open most things together.
It was a lovely day, opening pressies, talking on the phone to "rellies" (relatives) in the UK, playing outside spraying each other with water, eating yummy food and a VERY nice lunch. Not your traditional turkey, but some very delectable sea perch (that's a fish) baked in a lemon-garlic-spring onion sauce, served with sauteed rosemary potatoes and stir-fried lime-butter snow peas and carrots. We were so full that we needed to have a long break before a dessert of fresh fruit salad and cream. Santa brought me a fantastic stainless-steel travel water-bottle, but I'm not sure if I can carry it on with me beyond Australia, as I am traveling light.
Happy Crimbo everyone! Thanks for a great year & for being my wonderful family. I can't help thinking of home at this time of year and feeling a bit home-sick.
This update was posted by Cath