With Christmas just around the corner I am again wondering where this year went. Luckily I like taking photos because this is generally the only way I realize there were actually events that I attended, so in fact I really MUST have experienced the past year.

It will be a big one again for us which is something hubby always disapproves of. Strangely though, this year he seems to be quite looking forward to it. I noticed this extraordinary change of heart came when one of the nephews asked if he could bring 5 Swedish Back Packers who want to experience a “Traditional Aussie Christmas”. When the brother described them as “drop dead gorgeous” Hubby’s mouthed gaped, and the son’s eyes twinkled, wondering just what ‘events’ he could tell them are “traditional”. I just counted numbers. My house will now be bursting at the seams with a total of 34 for a “sit down” dinner. Holly Molly.

I’m not sure if our Christmas’s are ‘traditional’ or not but the brother and I are still “big kids” when it comes to this day. We are compelled to follow our childhood traditions but have added our own flavour over the years, unique to us. The sons insist I don’t go overboard with gifts but this is impossible when they keep expanding the family.

I hope you all have a wonderful day with your family and friends and enjoy whatever traditions you follow. Indulge in the wonderful food that simply makes the day complete – even if you do spend the following day suffering.





“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder.