The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
~ Isaiah 9:2
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Pictured in this post are a few things we’ve been eating these two days*: sushi, hand-rolled by my brother; a flaky blueberry chutney, ham and cheese-filled croissant; ravioli from Sabato, topped with truffle oil and lemon juice; tang yuan…
Yes, no turkey and no pavlova – it was too hot to stay in the kitchen/eat heavy meals.
Instead, we used the stove and oven as little as we could, drank lots of water, and concentrated on getting sunburnt in a place stuffed with bushes and grass and flowers.
I applied my rusty mind and fingers to a piano and could just about manage a few haphazard, possibly off-key renditions of various songs – oops! So good to feel those black and white keys again though…
I looked a little like a surprised roast chicken when I last glanced in the mirror, but never mind. It is wonderful to have a Summer Christmas, you know? Last Christmas I was waddling around in two coats. Sunburn is a terribly small price to pay for the ability to wear shorts and a singlet all day (and night) long while listening to “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”…
Okay, I’ll admit I am a tiny bit jealous of you snowflaking/marshmallowing/roast turkeying folk on the other side of the world. But only a tiny tiny bit. Sun is nice. :-)
I realise I have trouble naming even one Christmas tradition. I cannot name a staple cookie, ornament or “thing we always do”.
I have spent Christmas on a plane; with friends; with family; in church; cooking with strangers; attempting to kayak; cramming with impossible crowds; hiding under the Christmas tree; at a dinner party; homesick with boxes all around me…
Sometimes, I think… I would not swap my life for any other.
Sometimes, I wish… I could.
But, whatever. I’m coming to relish opportunities to learn, to create adventures and to love…
And I’d probably not have said this a few years ago, but now I find forgetting Christmas shopping/lists/itineraries an attractive option and spend Christmas Day as I would most days – you know, reflecting on life, buying good wine just to celebrate living, being content to eat toast for dinner if everyone else feels like it, taking a walk in the sunshine/rain/whatever just ‘cos the grass is too lovely to ignore, thinking and writing for hours ‘cos I can, phoning a dear friend to see how they’re doing… that kinda thing.
And maybe somewhere along the line, I’ll find a way to introduce some sort of Christmas tradition.
In the meantime, I’m enjoying reading about what everyone else does at Christmas time and reflecting on what Christmas actually is about.
I hope you have a beautiful Christmas and fantastic launch into next year.
(On that note: everyone’s said this a million times over, but what the heck – can you believe it’s December already and another year is about to happen… again… so soon?!??!)
* What is not pictured here is the very indulgent potluck dinner we partook of last night… Christmas ham; two roast chickens (one with sage and onion and one with wine, herbes de provence and lemon); pumpkin, rocket and almond salad; shrimp cocktail; chips in a basket; cherry trifle; sourdough with a balsamic dip… yes I need not go on… I forgot to take photos, got caught up in conversation with this wonderful lady I met.
That is a beautiful post, and oh how I envy you that lovely warm christmas. it is clear and sunny here but COLD! hope you had a lovely lazy day! c
Thanks Celi, I sure did. Hope you all are keeping warm inside!
Wonderful photos. That sushi alone, oh man… Have a great Christmas!
Thanks Greg, and you too :-)
Let me add another one for you: Selamat Hari Natal!
Beautiful pictures Mel! Thanks for your call – one of the highlights of my Christmas :)
Sure haven’t heard that one before Jiany. Selamat Hari Natal to you too…..
I for one enjoyed hearing your voice again too!
I hope that you had a fabulous Christmas Mel! As always…love your musings. :) (And the picture of the flip flops.) Most years, I’d trade snow for sun.
Thanks Kristy for always making me smile with your comments! Funny how people in warm countries bring in snow machines and people in cold countries wish for sun. If only someone would hurry up and invent teleport machines…
Lovely post, Mel – a rather belated Merry Christmas to you, and all the best for 2012!
ps. Those pink calla lilies are GORGEOUS. :)
Thanks Mika – and I wish you the same!!