Australian Adventure – Day 19 – Christmas Day

So many Christmases have gone by since my childhood.  Christmas was always celebrated with a huge extended family with traditions that changed and adapted with each generation.   What never changed was the Toast to Absent Friends and Family.   Celebrating Christmas today with the ‘absent’ family that we always toasted was very special indeed.   On only three other occasions have I celebrated with them before.  When the cousins were 3 6 and 9 they sailed from Sydney to Cape Town so their Mom could finally introduce them to their South African family and they stayed for 3 months over the summer season.   Wayne returned when he was 21 and had Christmas with us and then Earl and I came over 15 years ago.   The family of course has grown – there are wives and children now and what a pleasure it has been to meet and celebrate with them all.

We started our day with present opening at Grandma’s house.  Tea and Mince Pies were served and at midday we went to the RSL Club for our Christmas dinner.  It was wonderful – I’ve never eaten seafood for Christmas lunch before.  An array of fresh oysters, mussels, prawns, calamari etc. was on offer as well as a variety of roasts and other hot food.   And the desserts were to die for.   We could just help ourselves to as much or as little as we wanted.

Sophie ready for Christmas

Sophie ready for Christmas

Ella, Alexander and Jack ready to open gifts

Ella, Alexander and Jack ready to open gifts

 

Wayne, Helen, Bruce

Wayne, Helen, Bruce

Adelaide delighted with her gift

Adelaide delighted with her gift

This one is pretty cool too

This one is pretty cool too

Just what I've always wanted for Australia!

Just what I’ve always wanted for Australia!

The girls loved their African Necklaces

The girls loved their African Necklaces

 

Tamara wearing her African necklace

Tamara’ matched what she was wearing

Lovely Alison

Lovely Alison

 

 

Grandma got me this neat camp chair

Grandma got me this neat camp chair

It seemed to be the right gift

Visit us in Cape Town soon, please Ella

Wayne

Wayne

 

 

Nana (Colette) and Wayne

Nana (Colette) and Wayne

 

Alison and Kath

Alison and Kath

Adelaide in her beautiful Christmas Dinner dress

Adelaide in her beautiful Christmas Dinner dress

Prawns for Christmas

Prawns for Christmas

Delicious

 Delicious

The bad news is – Earl had a bit of a reaction to something he ate – he was the only one so far – hopefully nobody else is affected. I am happy to say that he is fine now!

Merry Christmas everybody!

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Australian Adventure – Day 19 – Christmas Day

  1. What delightful photographs and so happy everyone was. Think the necklaces were a wonderful idea they were lovely. I see you wore red for Xmas, well done Ozzies like that at Xmas time. Have more fun before you come home.

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    • Hi Mary – Yes, I always wear red at Christmas:-) Don’t know how I’m going to settle back into normal life on our return – We’re having a ball!

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