Ok first up I must confess that no one in Australia would write that as an opening to a letter, but we do say it G’day to each other and of course it is Christmas and we are all friends here…love is in the air (that is the title of a well known Australian song…you should Google it!).
I am so pleased you are here with my family for an Australian Christmas. No ugly holiday sweater required as it is hot here…REALLY hot, as my hometown where you are joining me is on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and Christmas is a humid, sub-tropical summer day. I hope you feel that our welcome, love and friendship makes up for missing a cooked roast dinner.
How about you join me and my husband and daughter for a swim at the beach on Christmas Eve? We can swim in the afternoon then we might go for a drive to see the holiday lights outside people’s home. If you want I can take you to the Christmas Eve service at a local church, but I confess we don’t always go! I’d recommend the Uniting Church maybe as it is our most inclusive and that is where I would feel pretty comfortable. A lot of churches in Australia still don’t even have female pastors etc and we don’t have legal gay marriage yet, but Australians just voted for it in a plebiscite so it is coming soon we all hope. It is a bit strange it has taken so long because Australians are pretty friendly and laid back. Love is love!
Christmas Day we will be up pretty early and we will open our presents (I promise not to give you socks!) and we will have a bit of a lazy morning as we aren’t cooking lunch…it is prawns (shrimp to you I guess?) and salad, but we will have a traditional pudding. It is just too hot to be cooking a roast meal! We will drive to visit other family after lunch, and you will like them, but brace yourself as they will feed you another meal…BBQ this time, with more Christmas treats and deserts on offer too!
I love that you are joining us, as it is a great gift to us to have you with us and get to know you. I hope the love you feel with us at Christmas will stay with you for the whole year.
Love Aussie Mum Holly