A few years ago I wrote about how I came to make and wear Scandinavian inspired Christmas pinafores; years later and the tradition still lives on, with us just alternating the accessories and top we wear underneath. Instead of wearing my Christmas pinafore on actual Christmas Day this year, I decided to wear it to our early Christmas gathering. I love Christmas dressing but I usually spend way too much time deciding and styling, especially when I’m that one person in every family that loves to take too many pictures; and even though its summer I always choose a Christmas colour palate.
This Christmas I spent it with Matt’s family again in Sydney, and my family had an earlier celebration as this time they flew off to Ski in Japan over Christmas -minus me…tear… We all went to the Sunshine Coast for the weekend, to spend it at my Brother-in-law’s parent’s house, except Matt who had to go away for the weekend. Now, for most people Christmas time is all about spending it drinking hot coco or eggnog and cosying up by the fireplace dressed in tartan….
Meanwhile, in Australia…. its freakin hot and humid (humid because I live in Queensland). We spend Christmas trying to master the art of keeping our makeup on our actual face, and sitting in air-con or hogging the fan; or sitting in the pool! It’s all about ice, more ice please!!! Stat!!
This particular weekend it was quite humid and there had been a heat wave going on, which had everyone thinking actual Christmas day was going to be a scorcher! Yuck! We did our usual turkey roast dinner -Australian Christmases often have seafood as the main options, and it does get a bit weird having a super hot dinner in the middle of summer, although we still do it; and my family always has the traditional mince pies, plum pudding and Christmas cake from my Irish Granny’s recipes –nothing compares! We also did our more entertaining version of gift giving, a Kris Kringle, but one that isn’t the kind that is done at workplaces lol… “Let the crappy gift giving begin.” Our Kris Kringles are often corrupted in some way or another; people end up finding out what others got or the budget is never kept to, or some try and pick their own present that is technically supposed to be unisex. The way we do ours is by putting all the presents in a sack or laying them out on the table and random numbers are drawn to decide on who is going first. The first person picks their gift (often trying to guess who wrapped it to see what kind of present it could be even though its supposed to be random), then opens it and the second person can either steal that present or choose another one. This goes on until everyone has opened or stolen something, with the last person basically getting the jackpot of being able to see everyone’s first. It often makes for great fun and something more entertaining than traditional gift giving in a season that breaks the bank.
"It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags! Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! 'Maybe Christmas' he thought, 'doesn’t come from a store… maybe Christmas perhaps… means a little bit more!'" - Dr. Seuss