So that was Christmas...
It passed in not quite a flurry this year.
The days leading up to it were quite full. There was lots of baking and cooking the roast etc and basically stocking up on some of those excessive treats we seem to have at this time of the year.
There was a night when we drove around town to see the Christmas lights which kept the kidlettes happy.
We don't decorate the front of our house and yard as I would seriously have a meltdown going up and down ladders putting the lights up. I think I would end up a bit cranky actually and then the thought of having to take it all down again in the New Year.....
No thanks. Not for me, but I do appreciate the effort and joy others seem to take in making their homes festive for the rest of us to enjoy.
Christmas Eve was quite lovely. A few years ago I made a tradition in our house of having just nibblies for dinner as I've usually been working in the kitchen for days getting things ready for Christmas.
By the time the evening comes I have no wish to cook dinner for the rest of the family, especially when the 3 of them had been on their devices all day while I slaved away. Perhaps they should cook dinner for me (ha ha)... now there's a thought.
This year we had cheese and crackers, dip, chips, teriyaki chicken pieces, kabana, pretzels and prawns. Can't forget the prawns at Christmas in Australia.
This was all accompanied by the thwacking sound of the fly swat as they swarmed once the food came out.
Afterwards I enjoyed a little quiet time, just me and my chardonnay out the back with the fire roaring in our rusted out fire pit.
Christmas morning arrived in a flurry of excitement as Santa had been so the presents were ripped open and warm cinnamon buns were consumed for breakfast.
The family turned up for lunch and thank goodness there was a slight breeze out the back as it was HOT! We had a lovely Queensland Christmas with temperatures in the mid 30's (celcius) and sticky humidity.
The air conditioning had been put on early to keep the house cool but we can't fit everyone in our little place which is why we had lunch out the back in the shade. The kidlettes made use of the cool lounge room after lunch to watch some movies they had been gifted.
It was lovely to catch up with family all in the one place and graze our way through the afternoon.
At least we had a late night storm to cool things down a bit.
I hope you are all enjoying your festive season and keeping cool (or warm) wherever in the world you live.