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Hello 2008!

The Night before Christmas

It has been another hectic Christmas with the whole family flying in from various parts of the country to enjoy a bit of holiday frivolity in the land of the Lotus Eaters (or Banana Benders as Queenslanders are more often called) in our tropical North where no one wears anything but shorts. This year after all the travelling, we didn't go overboard on presents, but we did have a lot of family fun with murder mysteries, dressing up and lots of challenges
Things started off well with some sumptuous cooking by my darling daughter which included three desserts and a chocolate cheesecake birthday cake for yours truly. As if that wasn’t bad enough, everyone else took a turn at cooking and tried to outdo each other, so the diet is well and truly down the drain and I’ll be lucky if I ever fit into any of my clothes again.

A fine Christmas Angel

A few nights before Christmas we did the grand tour of Brisbane’s Christmas Lights. The bus driver asked us to lead the carol singing even though we hardly knew more than a few lines of any song between us. Although it was a bit a tacky, there was some genuine Christmas spirit around as young and old turned out and many places had a donation tin supporting various charities. I was also relieved to discover that the radio station sponsoring the competition was offsetting the consumption of all that electricity by buying blocks of green wind power.

Alas, a lot of my Christmas lights pictures turned out like this

This is one of the better ones because the bus actually stopped

We also had a family outing to Dracula’s on the Gold Coast. This was another hilarious evening for reasons which will become clear if I can ever manage to scan the photo. OK the scan isn't great, but you get the idea.

Getting sucked dry at Dracula's where we went for a nice family meal

Since then, things have been a bit more subdued if you count lazing around the pool while being pelted with water canons subdued. While the boys are off making a big splash at “Wet ‘n’ Wild” the rest of us are trying to conserve our energy for New Year. I’m looking forward to reading all the books Santa brought me, soaking my feet in a tub and possibly having a spa with more of Santa’s goodies.

Trying out the Christmas presents

Trying out the Christmas presents

Away in a Manger

Queensland is a great place, especially at this time of year when everything is lush and green and there is a permanent scent of frangipani in the air.

Should I say “Wish you were here?” It is certainly a good start to a New Year.
Have a fabulous one.