Christmas in Australia

Christmas in Australia is Christmas in summer. No snow for us. The true benefit of this means that our new years is usually celebrated outside around a BBQ and that Christmas day lunch is made up of beautiful fresh foods. Sometimes in Tasmania summer is not as "hot" as mainland Australia and we have been known to get "almost snow" on Christmas day.

This years Christmas day was beautiful and warm. We celebrated lunch on the deck under a marquee filled with bunting, paper snow flakes and a beautiful long table draped in vintage table cloths and hydrangeas out of the garden. Lunch was fresh. A mixture of seafood, meats and salads. Family were staying with us at the time and the table was occupied by many.

Leading up to Christmas day I had experienced a month and a half of craziness and felt a bit like the Christmas organisation was just ticking another thing off the to do list. I only wish that Christmas was not surrounded by so many other commitments and chores that I might get to enjoy the lead up and experience some relaxation. I see so many other people loving the season but personally I have never really gotten into it. However the actual day was nice - just busy.

In our town we are lucky that our Christmas parade is held Christmas Eve. The streets are packed many deep down the entire two blocks and beyond. The parade is a wonderful time to run into those who have returned home for Christmas and friends you haven't seen for an eternity. It is also a great way to get into the festive spirit.

This year I did manage to squeeze out some homemade presents. I made record bowls for some and manged to get the little girl to create some art works for the Grandparents. I also purchased lots of homemade goodies from other people to give as presents.

My biggest challenge was making an Obi-wan Kenobi Cape for my brother. I used this tutorial HERE. I found the material in the upholstery section of the fabric shop. It has a lovely texture and heaviness to it compered to "normal" fabrics. I was SHOCKED that the Obi-wan Kenobi cape required eight metres of fabric. The pattern was not hard (other than the instruction being confusing as I don't think the author is a sewer) but very time consuming in drawing up the pattern and constructing the garment while manipulating all that fabric. My only disappointment was that my brother didn't bring his light saber on Christmas Day to pose for the photos.

So now, tell me about your Christmas... did you get to make some homemade pieces for your family? What was on your Christmas Menu? 

Stay safe over the new year people and lets make welcome 2014 and all its loveliness.

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.