Thursday of Holiday Week 3

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to my family and friends! I wish you all a happy holiday season with lots of family time and lots of fun, rest and relaxation. My family is spending the day at home, telephoning family and friends far and near, Skyping with a few and resting, enjoying the peacefulness of the day and preparing for a Christmas visit from Peter’s family in a few days.

Last night’s Carols Festival went well and Alex, our conductor, received lots of praise. The choir was applauded by the congregation a couple of times and lots of people came up after mass to chat and say how much they enjoyed the carols and the singing during mass. We were all pleased but somewhat distracted as most of the choristers are planning Christmas lunch and dinner for huge families today and were looking a tiny bit pressured.

I slept in until about 6 am and had a cup of coffee while Mum and Dad telephoned people around Australia, England and Germany to wish them a Merry Christmas. Mum tried a new breakfast recipe which was scrambled eggs with dill, and chives rolled up into slices of smoked salmon. We loved it and had twice as much salmon because it is Christmas. It was really delicious.

Three of my presents were forgotten and still sitting under the tree. They were the Secret Santa present from work, a gourmet gift box from Mel and Venetia and a box of Cadbury Roses from a student. The Secret Santa present had a fantastic Christmas cake and some maple-flavoured syrup and some beautiful Lindt chocolate. The gift box had sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, butterscotch sauce, a gingerbread man, four peppermint cream chocolates, an individual pudding, a box of shortbread biscuits and some almond nougat. As we did not have a Christmas cake nor a pudding, the gifts will definitely come in handy for us today and over the next few days.

There were a few more presents to wrap for Lynda, Tania, Tegan and Mikayla this morning. Then Santa rested….

Dad loved his Juniper Berry oil and tried a couple of drops in a glass of water. He is very health conscious and likes that sort of natural product. Santa brought him a copy of “Earth Garden”, his favourite magazine. He found courses in landscaping and organic gardening and the like which interested him.

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