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Merry Christmas

12 Days of Christmas Turtle dove. Water colour and inks. Journal

12 Days of Christmas Turtle dove. Water colour and inks. Journal

It’s the night before Christmas already here in Australia and we have just about finished preparing for the big day.  Only a couple more presents to wrap and the ice-cream to set.  It has been a really tough end to the year, but we have rallied and are now ready for our two day Christmas festival.  With the children now gown up and with commitments of their own, we have had to spread Christmas over two days.  Its tough, but we are willing to go there.

This gives us the opportunity to have both the traditional and Australian Christmas fare.  My mum and brother love the full english tradition of turkey, ham and plum pudding.  I have to admit I have always struggled with this and with Christmas being 35C it isn’t the most fitting for our summer season.  The Australian Christmas is usually seafood, mangoes, avocados, ice-cream and loads of fresh berries or it is in our house.

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

I have been up early and to the market to get all the seafood and fabulous deli treats. My sister and I love to cook, so we are baking for a couple of weeks and have loads of fun planning our festivities.

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

Now these are something I prepared earlier, in fact I started them last year, but didn’t get them finished on time, so I have finished them for you now, I hope you like my version.

I hope your Christmas preparations are going well and everyone just has a lovely day with friends, families and loved ones.  I would like to thank everyone for their support and kind words this year, you really keep me going and I appreciate it so much.  So have fun everyone I will be.

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The back room is decorated and ready for Christmas

 

Getting Ready for Christmas

Christmas Lantern Candle Dec 2013

Christmas Lantern Candle Dec 2013

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.

Christmas Lantern Angel Dec 2013

Christmas Lantern Angel Dec 2013

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.

Christmas Lantern Reindeer Dec 2013

Christmas Lantern Reindeer Dec 2013

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.

Christmas Lantern Santa Dec 2013

Christmas Lantern Santa Dec 2013

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.

Karen

 

Merry Christmas

Australian Native Swag

Australian Native Swag

It is the morning of Christmas Eve and I am writing this blog before I get going for the day, still some baking and last minute shopping to do.  It is Christmas in Australia and that means it is hot. Yesterday was 38c (100f) and it didn’t get below 28c (82f) last night.  The cool change is due sometime this morning so it will be cooler for Christmas.

We are having a mixture of traditional and typical Australian Christmas fare.  There will be turkey, ham and plum pudding, but also seafood and ice-cream.  We will be drinking Champagne and mango daiquiri, plus some of our great Australian wines.

I love Christmas and the excitement is building in the house.  It smells of pine from the Christmas tree, shortbread baking and there is the rustle of presents being wrapped.  The dogs are excited, but they are not sure why and getting under everybody’s feet.

I hope all of my readers have a lovely Christmas wherever you are, however you celebrate and your day is as fun and full of family love as I know mine will be.

Australian Christmas Wreath by Matthew-Watt

Australian Christmas Wreath by Matthew-Watt

I had to share this picture with you, it is our native parrots who formed themselves into a Christmas wreath while eating some seed.

Karen