Saturday, December 20, 2014

An Aussie Christmas

Beautiful quilts, ladies. Thanks for sharing. And I love the stepladder Christmas tree.

We are just back from a week in Melbourne where our son graduated with his Masters in Architecture at 35 years of age. We have 3 days to get the house in order before he and his partner, and our youngest son and his wife, drive over to help us celebrate Christmas.

We always have a ham, perhaps a turkey, both cooked in the Weber the day before, with assorted salads. However, this year we will have a few additions to bulk up the table as the younger couple are both now vegetarians. Last year they baked a stuffed pumpkin, which was really very tasty.  Being American, Sarah misses northern Christmases (hot Christmases don't feel 'right' to her!) as well as her family, quite keenly. This is only the 2nd year that she and Shannon have been here on the day, so we're hoping she will enjoy it more this year.

To make it even more interesting, our eldest son's partner is a Persian (Iranian) Zoroastrian, and this is the first Christmas she will spend with our family. Yesterday she received her first ever Christmas card and was over the moon.  She has had a wonderful time buying a tree for their flat and decorating it. I have made them both Christmas stockings so that she can have that experience as well.

On the weekend after New Year we will drive to Adelaide and have a late Christmas picnic with middle son, his fiancee and their 2+2 children. It's been fun finding and making children's gifts again after all these years.  Next year, when we have settled in our new home down there, we will hopefully have the whole family over for the first time in ages. The swap is still going ahead - the new owner has even started bringing some of his belongings and storing them in the cellar here (now termed his 'man cave').

Wishing you all as happy a Christmas and New Year as possible, with hugs to those who will be feeling sad at this time.



At December 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

A little bit of trivia i learned about Christmas, the 3 wise men were Zorostiantians (not sure of spelling). They studied the stars.
Sara in Fla. - sounds like a fun time you are having.

At December 21, 2014 at 7:49 AM , Blogger Fran (Sth Aust) said...

Yes, Sara, we found that out recently also.


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