Tuesday, December 25, 2012

What it's all about

Last night we decided to soak up the last of the Christmas festivities before setting out the little plate with the cookies, milk and carrots.  We went to a nearby suburb that hosted the winning street for Brisbane's best neighbourhood Christmas lights. I had no idea such places existed. Hundreds of people wandering the footpath with their tiny children, well past bed time, basking in the lurid glory of a zillion  lights. This house was the ultimate in splendour.

There were about 30 houses in this street decked out in their finest fluorescents. There were singing polar bears, penguins doing the macarena, igloos with built in bubble machines, driveways turned technicolour dance floors courtesy of garage door mounted laser projectors, numerous nativity scenes and the expected smattering of glow in the dark reindeers. Some savvy parents had the foresight to cover their own children in glowsticks too, sure makes them easier to keep track of amidst the crowds.

And today? Well that was pretty much what every decent Australian Christmas is all about. We ate cold ham, salads and of course pavlova. The house is littered with lego bricks and some of the one million accessories that come with a Sylvanian Families hospital. It was hot so of course there was quite a bit of this,

and it seemed just the right kind of balmy weather for a little ukelele accompanied singing of jingle bells

And that is what it's all about. Hot sunshine, pavlova, thongs, togs, bling'd up nativity scenes, obscenely large water pistols and happy kids. The only kind of Christmas us Aussies know anything about.

Merry Christmas to you all.


  1. You have to love those blingy houses. They just make it so festive! Sounds like a similar day was had- cold food, wet kids, carols, thongs and love. X

  2. sure looks aussie all right mel...ours was much the same, the kids had a ball. those lights are spectac!!. we have one street in town that goes all out but its only 4 houses....the effect on the kids is still the same though. its great that some people are willing to dedicate so much time and xmas spirit into making us all smile!. Allison x

  3. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!
    Your day sounds pretty much exactly like ours...right down to the giant water guns!
    It was such a nice Christmas...I am sorry we have a wait a year for another one!

  4. Glad to see your happy Christmas photos!
    We saw lights last week. Our Christmas day here in Sydney was freezing and very wet! Perhaps the cool weather has reached you today. Enjoying the peace and quiet of boxing day, and hoping you are too!

  5. Merry Christmas guys!!! Love your tree. And the fact that Liongirl looks about 10 times taller and more grown up than when I saw her in November, and Roboboy's SMILE as he blasts someone into water cannon-powered oblivion. He is his dad's son, alright. Love love love, Mook

  6. Oh lulu received a ukulele as well. Looks like a fantastic Chrissy was had Mel. Wow those lights are incredible.

  7. Looks like a great Christmas!
    Seems really funny being outside in the hot sun on Christmas day.

    I wish you all the best for the New Year.

  8. A perfect Christmas day. Very similar to ours actually. Pavlova - tick. Water pistols- tick. Lego underfoot - tick. xx