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Celebrating Christmas

Its Christmas day I am on the couch – stomach full to the brim – I have really pushed my limits and eaten way too much. I had high hopes for myself, but I haven’t even drunk one and a half beverages. It’s not a complete failure of holiday festivities –  I still have the rest of the holidays to really enjoy this down time.

Christmas is a holiday period that you just cannot ignore. Stores, houses – hell, even cars, have Christmas decorations. Yes, it’s definitely Christmas.

In the lead up to Christmas some of my friends were in a panic because they were yet to buy gifts for their family, friends, neighbours, teachers – the list of gift recipients was endless.

When I told my “stressed out-desperate to spend money, and buy gifts” friends about my family’s Christmas arrangement, they looked on in horror.

You see, as a family, we have made the conscious decision not to buy each other gifts. There is, however, one caveat – if you are under the age of eighteen, you do get a gift.

I love the Christmas break – it’s a time to put our work tools down and enjoy life. Queensland supplies the summer weather, we eat ridiculous amounts of seafood, mangoes and sugar cane, drink our fair share of adult beverages and just enjoy each others company.

We have no gift buying stress – we are each other’s gift. Our only “stress” is making sure all the food and drinks are fully stocked.

As you get older you rarely remember the gifts you give or are given – it’s the memories that you share that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Wishing you and your family a happy Christmas.


Head Band – Lovisa | Dress – Bohoo

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