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Skipping Christmas Down Under

Skipping Christmas
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Have you ever wanted to skip Christmas?

Does the present buying, decorating, cooking frenzy that is Christmas for so many now make you want to down tools and run away? What would happen if you did? What would you do? While we didn’t quite run away from Christmas, 2011 was our first year away from family as we were on the other side of the world to them. We had plans. Christmas had other plans for us. 

Christmas with the Kranks

You may have seen the film Christmas with the Kranks (it is bound to be on a re run on a channel somewhere). It is what the suits in Hollywood decided to call the film, which is based on the book Skipping Christmas written by John Grisham.

Phil and I will be in Melbourne in December and we are, to some extent, also skipping Christmas. We are not buying each other presents. We plan to go to the beach with the dogs and have lunch at the cafe in St Kilda we have been volunteering for, Lentil as Anything. In the evening we will have a special dinner with produce from the Slow Food market at Abbotsford Convent with sparking Shiraz, which apparently is the Aussie wine of choice at at this time of year. I will also serve it slightly chilled!

Both our kids will be spending time with the parents of their significant others. This has been the toughest thing for me. It will be the day I will miss them most, but I know that they will be looked after and have a great time. Next year guys, it’s back to our house, ok?

Bah Humbug

However, I haven’t gone completely Bah Humbug. Melbourne is all dressed up, and this is what I saw today from Chloe’s tapas bar. Who is Chloe? Scroll down to see!


Even the trams are festive.


Each evening there are projections on the State Library featuring scenes from The Nutcracker


Meet Chloe.


0 comments on Skipping Christmas Down Under

  1. Sounds great… at least you’re missing the vile cold that me and my whole family are struck with!

    Looking forward to seeing you both again – MFWAB Smethwick members were asking after you on Thursday… and sent their festive wishes. Accept mine too, and I owe you some shortbread when you get back.

  2. Has all sounded fab so far … am making a note of all literary links !

    Off to see Lenny Henry in Comedy of Errors tonight with niece Freya – who has just announced her engagement so what with Ed’s wedding in March a very romantic year ahead ! Will envy you the beach on Christmas Day as is bitterly cold here – and will raise a glass to you both. Looking forward to more posts .. Sxx

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