Merry Christmas

Bad Blogger; sorry it’s been 10 days everyone… You know what it’s like before Christmas… Anyway! I hope you’re having fun at your house. I am currently in a beach house in Esperance, WA. It’s beautiful. Here are a few of my favourite Christmas things/traditions in celebration of this most excellent holiday.

The Muppets Christmas Carol is the best Christmas movie ever. Anything that combines Charles Dickens, The Muppets, Michael Caine and Christmas ticks all boxes as far as I’m concerned. Traditionally my sister and I would watch it on an old video we taped off the television after decorating the Christmas tree, but lately I’ve been watching it on Christmas Eve on a DVD (as I did last night!). It’s not really Christmas without it.

How to make gravy by Paul Kelly is one of my favourite Christmas songs. It tells the story of Joe, who is writing to his brother Dan from jail, asking him to tell the family he’s sorry he won’t be there for Christmas. Try getting to the part ‘won’t you kiss my kids on Christmas day, pleeeeease don’t let ’em cry for me’ without choking on your eggnog. Impossible. That all sounds very morose but the rest of the song describes the quintessential Australian Christmas- a roast despite it being 30 plus degrees, fighting with relatives and pushing the tables back to dance.

Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and and Kirsty McColl is a classic. So crass and wonderful. I can’t wait until I get to have Christmas in NYC and hear the boys of the NYPD choir singing Galway Bay.

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow I’ve been fortunate enough to have spent a few Christmases in the Northern Hemisphere, so I can understand how magic a white Christmas is (but I still love being able to head to the beach on Christmas Day). This Christmas song captures the beauty of a white Christmas perfectly. And it reminds me of  being in Vienna last year, where one of the pubs we frequented played it on a loop.

What are your favourite Christmas songs, movies, traditions?

Hope you have a fantastic holiday season x

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