Only a couple of days before Christmas. Work has finished and I have had a couple of days rest to prepare for the final Christmas push. Of course I have way more plans for Christmas preparation then I do have time or energy, but that just seems to be part of the season.
One year I decided that it was all too much and I would be calmly organised and not over eat at Christmas. Big mistake, the last minute rush, the over indulging and all that Christmas madness makes the day, so now I just know that I will never get done what I had planned and that I will end up snoozing on the couch on Christmas night like a happy over stuffed walrus, knowing that all Christmas traditions have been faithfully adhered too.
I made this Christmas Lanterns for the staff at work and a friend filled them with all sorts of Christmas coloured lollies. So much fun, I love my new paper cutting machine which makes all this so easy. It will be cutting its little heart out this season.
Having been following the blogs of all my northern hemisphere friends, looking at the snow, frost and the lights against a cold winter sky, I thought what makes it feel like Christmas for me here in the sunny southern hemisphere. So I know Christmas is coming when we have the office breakup parties for the year, the weather is getting hot (both on the same day this year it was 40 C, 104F on our breakup day), we start to be able to eat dinner outside and have BBQs, Summer holidays are here and the days become long and lazy. We have to wait until after 9pm to go and look at the Christmas lights, so it is dark enough to see them.
We faithfully follow many of the winter traditions, but over the years we are gradually creating our own. Our Christmas dinner still has turkey and ham, but you will more often see seafood and mangos, the summer berries are at their height so plenty of fresh raspberries, currents, and blackberries with ice-cream and pavlova. To save our houses getting too hot, we will have BBQs out doors and a Christmas swim at the pool or beach is all part of the day.
This year in my household, we will have two Christmas dinners as we juggle the different family commitments. One will be prawns, lobsters, mangoes, avocados and fresh berries and ice-cream. The second will be the full traditional turkey, ham and plum pudding.
So I hope all the Christmas preparations are going well and you are embracing the madness. May your Christmas be merry and bright and most of all fun and full of love.