posted on Dec, 20 2010 @ 06:37 AM
We've just got back from doing the Christmas Light Display tour in the area. With the costs of power rising there are fewer and fewer displays each
year, but a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember. Back in those early years there were not fancy patterns and flashing lights, huge
blow up santas or reindeer statues. Back then it was a search for the best looking Christmas tree in a front window. Back then we walked around the
neighborhood and the majority of houses had a tree lit up. Now we drive - quite a few kilometres - just to keep the tradition going.
Christmas carols in the local park is a pleasant way to spend the evening, except they were all washed out this year.
Another tradition is to take in 'strays' or 'orphans' as we lovingly call them. Anyone with no family or relatives to be with, those new to the
country who haven't experienced an Aussie Xmas, anyone who may be spending the day alone. The more the merrier is so very true.
As it will be hot, cold meats and salads will be the main meal, with lots of nibblies like bikkies and dip, chips, nougat, shortbread, and maybe
trifle or pavalova for dessert.
No matter what their background or belief system, we all share a meal and embrace and welcome each other's differences and beliefs. But all are
greatly encouraged to crack open the bon bons and wear the paper crowns and tell the silly jokes that are contained within them.
Then, when lunch is finished, in true Aussie style, the men fall asleep in their chairs while the women chat and watch the kids play while cleaning
I'd like to try some new things this year and would love to hear how others celebrate or what traditions you partake in.