Tuesday, December 25, 2012

And so this is Christmas (Part One)

Christmas is over for another year...

From Boort we headed home to Gippsland, across the Bolte and sighing at the sight of Melbourne town in all her summer sparkling glory. Back at home on the farm we enjoyed an early Christmas at my dad's with a pool party and massive seafood feast - prawns, oysters, crayfish and champagne a'plenty. Crazy manoeuvres on the waterslide, a bus shelter delivery from Santa (note the sleigh marks) and crocheted animal hats from Aunty Em...

Christmas at my mum's is full of tradition - Christmas eve mass in our local parish, leaving beer for Santa, wrapping gifts, picking holly and decking the halls with decorations. Oh the decorations. My mum is the Christmas crazy elf herself (I think it may be genetic?) and does not disappoint with our childhood home decked out with all sorts of baubles, trees, garlands and tinsel. We love Christmas! Can you tell?

Santa sacks were laid, beer and carrots were left...Christmas morning dawned merry and bright with squeals of delight at guinea pigs, puzzles, paints and books. Our traditional fly-over from our friend Bill as he dropped packets of chips on our front lawn from the plane. And then onto the food. Tradition dictates pork, turkey, ham and chicken (for my brother-in-law who feels it's necessary to have roast chook?!) Jamie Oliver smashed roast spuds, pumpkin, peas, gravy, pudding and washed down with a healthy slosh of brandy sauce.

After lunch we headed off down to the beach to Matt's parent's new house! Much excitement to see everyone and especially to meet our new baby niece Madeleine. But that story is perhaps for another day...

I hope you and your families had a beautiful Christmas, with lots of good cheer and good food! 


  1. You all look like you were having so much fun. Your pictures remind me of my family celebration. Merry Christmas

  2. Wow, Em! What a glorious celebration you had. Just precious. I hope you can relax and drink it all in at the end of your Excellent Adventure! J x

  3. Looks like a wonderful Christmas ... we did Jamie Oliver's smashed spuds as well. All the best for 2013.

  4. what beautiful pictures!!!!!!!!! looks like a great christmas! I love both the houses you visited:)