Christmas Fish Dinner? Uhh... no!

Trip Start Jun 15, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The build up to Christmas was really strange this year, for ages it didn't feel at all Christmasy. The weather was warm, there was hardly any rain, no prospect of snow and we were having barbecues most days. Not that we were complaining about any of this, it simply didn't feel like Christmas. To solve this little dilemma we decided to spend an evening in the city centre to see the Christmas lights and some of the displays setup in the shopping centres and department stores like David Jones. This went a long way to building some excitement for Christmas as the lights and displays were brilliant across the centre of Sydney. David Jones went all out with animated displays in every window, massive trees, thousands of lights and even a women playing Christmas songs on a grand piano as you walk into the store. Some of the more beautiful shopping centres such as the Strand and the Queen Victoria building also went all out with the Christmas lights and decorations and the city looked beautiful. The city also had a really festive feel with buskers all over the place and people dressed up raising money for various charities.

Now with a bit of anticipation for our hot and sunny Christmas we wasted no time in getting the decorations up and started planning our Christmas day. Katy's number one request/demand was that on Christmas day morning, the very first thing we were going to do was to jump into the sea for a Christmas swim. I was a little skeptical given that the water was still freezing and the weather hadn't quite got up to summer temperatures yet. However Christmas day turned out to be one of the sunniest and hottest days of the year so far and our Christmas swim was awesome! It was really topped off when we got out of the sea and were greeted with a glass of Champagne and a barbecue breakfast. Certainly different to our usual Christmas day but really cool.

For Christmas dinner Katy and I insisted on having a roast dinner which we offered to prepare, we were appalled to hear that the typical Aussie Christmas meal is a fish barbecue. However, having spent a large amount of the day inside a hot kitchen when the weather is beautiful outside I can now understand the logic behind the whole barbecue on every occasion thing. None-the-less, we think our Christmas dinner was pretty awesome and we didn't hear any complaints from any eaters either so we have marked it as a great success. We had parsnip soup, roast lamb with all the trimmings and Katy made the most incredible raspberry Pavlova ever!

The rest of the day involved opening presents, relaxing on the beach, snorkeling and drinking and turned out to be a pretty amazing Christmas day. We are still to decide whether we can truly accept the whole sunny Christmas thing but we had an awesome day none-the-less. There is something quite special though about having Christmas in the cold, with a fire going and a lot of mulled wine around. 

Boxing day was much the same in terms of the weather. again we started the day with a dip in the sea followed by more eating and drinking in the sun whilst we watched the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. Our neighbours had a big party so setup a TV outside where we could watch the start and then we could see the yachts as they crossed the Sydney harbour heads out to sea. 

All in all, Christmas and boxing day were great, the weather was fantastic, the food was amazing, the wine was great and it was one to remember!  

Merry Christmas to everyone back home!
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