Merry Christmas all

Things have been suitable crazy around here hence the lack of posts. And with Christmas here yesterday I spent the day enjoying a good home-cooked and home-grown dinner plus a quiet day with my immediate family. 🙂 It was just the 5 of us. 🙂 We had our Christmas roast on Wednesday evening as per the German tradition with which my husband was raised, with roast duck, spuds, pumpkin and broccoli. The broccoli was the only thing not grown here. We put up our Christmas tree, a cedar branch sourced very locally. Our Christmas decorations were the gifts and home-made deco’s from last year plus some new ones from the kids that they received as gifts last year.

Christmas morning began at 6:20am as Santa had struck and Jas couldn’t wait any more. 😉 The kids all got a few small toys and some homemade slippers plus an orange (whereupon we talked about how once upon a time an orange was a small slice of luxury and often only enjoyed once a year). A breakfast of raisin toast, lunch of leftover duck and pineapple pizza, and dinner of mashed spuds with mince. It was truly a simple day with no gluttony and little excess for us. Our neighbour joined us for dinner and spent an hour playing piano which was just wonderful. :D. We are currently getting ready for Day 3 of Christmas as my parents are coming over today to enjoy the day with us and we will be sharing leftovers from our respective feasts for lunch.

Anyway, this is just a very quick note to say I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and had a lovely day with family, friends or however you like to celebrate. And for those who don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope that you too had a lovely day off, perhaps with family and friends or perhaps in your gardens (like we spent the afternoon). 🙂 For those who were working, here’s to double time pay. 😉

I can only hope the $2bn predicted to be spent TODAY (or $16 bn in total – an average of $850 for everyone 14 or older – over the next 3 weeks) in the annual gluttonous rampage of consumerism here in Australia (DJ’s opened at 5am! 😦 ) doesn’t break either economy or environment. 😦 😦 😦


6 thoughts on “Merry Christmas all

  1. Lynda D says:

    Sounds like a lovely family Christmas. Thanks for the phone call. You are never far from my thoughts either, though sometimes life gets a little crazy.

  2. Lynda D says:

    PS. Since ive worked up to Christmas Eve, im looking forward to a week off to enjoy making your Christmas gift. Thanks for my gift – a chosen course with Gavin and Kim. Very special. I think i will choose candles.

  3. Merry Xmas Jess x Ours was just a simple and quiet one too which is nice:)

  4. narf77 says:

    I am thinking that the money spent wildly grasping at “bargains” (that very rarely look as enticing when you get them home and realise that the excitement and thrill of the chase was most of the joy in buying them 😉 ) could go a LONG way towards making Australia a very happy place if it was well spent and on the right things. Imagine it all spent on small local businesses? Imagine paying back into the Aussie economy and sharing the love around? Imagine if people actually thought about what they were hurling their credit cards at and realised that rampant consumerism is just an advertisers ideal and not the road paved with happiness that most people think it is…we can imagine but the truth is that people are going to spend like crazy if they think it can elevate them up the ladder to “success” or “acceptance” etc. and we can’t do much about that but the heartening fact is that this year saw a push towards environmental mindfulness and products that are eco friendly and viable alternatives so there are a lot more on the market to choose from in the crazy rush for “MINE!” Glad you had a lovely Christmas and spent it with your family in an elegant sufficiency of communal happiness. Can’t think of a better way to spend it :). Here’s to an enlightening, educational, and “doing” New Year 🙂

    • Local and Australian made businesses! Not so shabby. And only for things people genuinely needed as opposed to another pair of shoes and a slightly bigger and newer tv. Picture a line from 5am outside of the Oxfam shop (a shop selling fair trade items made in impoverished countries) or outside shops full of products made by WAHM’s and such. 🙂
      Our Christmas was an elegant sufficiency and only after lunch yesterday did I feel somewhat stuffed full (not to the gunwhales though) as we had lunch, did gifts and then had pudding and custard so that filled me to “pussy’s bow”. It is a much nicer way to spend the afternoon rather than feeling so bloated and ill that sleep is the only option. Actually, I spent both the 25th and the 26th’s afternoons doing some washing, out in the sunshine. Most pleasant actually. 😀
      And BRING ON 2015!!! Can’t come soon enough.

      • narf77 says:

        Thinking about eating Glad’s plum pud tonight with some delicious vegan custard for me and Steve’s remaining mascarpone for him…YUM! Cheers for the reminder 🙂

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