Happy Christmas!

From a 30m high sand dune somewhere on the coast of New South Wales…

I wish you and your families (by birth, chosen, or otherwise) a very happy Christmas.

My first Australian Christmas as a temporary resident has been somewhat of a fusion of traditional British and Australian food; seafood…

…a traditional roast with both turkey and ham…

…and pavlova.

Thank goodness it was only 22°C so we could tolerate both having the oven on and eating outside. It even rained a bit, which made us feel right at home.

We made it to a church, where the vicar was also British. Which also made us feel at home.

Family festivities occurred, and excitement ruled supreme.

There were seconds (and maybe thirds but don’t tell anyone) of pudding.

There was an obligatory Love Actually viewing.

And sand dunes.

Big ones.

So, that was a bit different.


For those of you for whom Christmas is actually quite a difficult time, for a variety of reasons, please be assured I’m thinking of you.



  1. 26th December 2017 / 14:20

    Glad your first Aussie Christmas went well Rachel! 🙂 We had a cold lunch at the in-laws then the traditional roast dinner with my family later. Good food is always appreciated at Christmas, no matter if it’s roasted in the oven or served cold! 🙂

    Enjoy your first AUssie boxing day too! We’d like to head to the beach but the weather has been a bit weird here in Brisbane so might go for a dip in the pool later if the clouds stay away.

  2. 27th December 2017 / 03:07

    Happy Christmas! It sounds like you had a lovely first Oz one 🙂

    And I like your message at the end, Christmas can be v hard for lots of people and it can be easy to forget that.

  3. 27th December 2017 / 03:34

    Merry Christmas (albeit a bit late)!! Hope you enjoyed a completely different experience. 😉 If there was a sandstorm, you can chalk it up to experiencing a West Texas Christmas. 😉

  4. Jen
    28th December 2017 / 03:52

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!!

  5. 28th December 2017 / 12:05

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  6. 29th December 2017 / 19:30

    I’m so glad your first Aussie Christmas went so well! Isn’t it crazy how different the weather was from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day?! We actually came home and put on sweaters after church!

  7. 2nd January 2018 / 11:07

    That roast dinner looks awesome! The weather was really rather British wasn’t it? Looks like you had a cracking time! Here’s to a new year full of awesome!

  8. 3rd January 2018 / 04:23

    Happy Christmas, Rachel…sounds like you had a great British/Australian fusion experience! (I also had shrimp with Christmas, although I don’t have the proximity to seawater excuse). Also love your little note at the bottom. Have a great 2018!!

  9. 17th December 2018 / 16:44

    Rachel, I understood that you were quite satisfied with the fact that you met on the Australian side. This is a good sign. After this message from you there were no more posts. Tell me how you live the second year in this country

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