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 for Christmas 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 on Christmas day 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 Christmas. I will also serve it slightly chilled!
Both our kids will be spending Christmas 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?
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
So, we are not really Skipping Christmas. Just doing it differently, spending less money and still having fun!