I was in Canada last year for my first ever white Christmas, but this year I was in Australia and spent it the traditional way: at the beach! Before we got to the coast Christmas started on the 22nd of December at Mark’s Dad’s house. It is always lovely to see great people, especially when the bring along a 6 month old baby.
The on the 23rd we headed down to the cabin Mum and Barry rented at Bulli Beach Tourist Park for Christmas. We had the most spectacular view of the beach and perfect hot weather. Mum, Mark and I did some pretty serious boogie-boarding and David finished work early on Christmas eve to join us for an extra-long coastal bike ride. We had 30 degree Celsius days leading up to Christmas (and so were able to get in plenty of swimming and beach-walks), but on Christmas itself the temperature dropped and it started to rain. It didn’t matter much, because from our beach cabin we could enjoy the beautiful view of the beach without getting wet. Dad dropped in the morning to fly kites with us then we were joined by family for lunch and gave and received lots of presents. I love Christmas for so many reasons, but I mainly like that everyone makes an effort together and chooses to be happy. It can be pretty tricky at Christmas to see everyone I want to (especially as we both have divorced parents). With some flexibility and Christmas spirit, we managed to see all 4 parents over Christmas and it’s surrounding days. Our lunch was fantastic with a variety of salads (including Mum’s and my famous strawberry and baby spinach salad) and pork, ham and lamb for the meat-eaters. Out desserts were rather delicious, including my made-from scratch gingerbread house, Mum’s yule log and Grandma’s Pavlova.
On boxing day mark and I drove down to Ulladulla to celebrate with Mark’s Mum’s side of the family. Mark’s Mum had rented a beautiful house right on the lake and down the street from his Aunty Debb’s house. It is such a great location and with the luxury of kayaks we were able to paddle out into to the lake over to the beautiful inlet at Dolphin Point. We stayed down at the lake house from Boxing Day to New Years Day where I ate like a vegetarian queen (thanks to a lovely family family friend who is a chef), got lots more presents, played cricket paddled and cooed over the beautiful 18-month old Ella.
Christmas this year was absolutely amazing, it may only be January 3, but I am already looking forward to the next one!