Christmas in Australia is weird. There are Christmas carols and trees and decorations, but it’s humid and hot and sunny and I’ve spent the better part of today on a beach! I like it though, it’s different!
On Christmas Eve Tom and I took the bus to Mooloolaba, where Emily had been living for a while in order to have an Exeter-trio Christmas. Since it is summer (so wrong) we took a swim and went for a walk to the spit before heading to a family friend of Emily’s for a few drinks and a movie. It was really lovely and a super chill day, but didn’t feel anything like Christmas really!
Christmas itself was both really Christmassy and really not. We opened presents in the morning, had a tiny Christmas tree, listened to Christmas music and had crackers, pavlova and Santa hats. However I was also in a sundress and a bikini, we had a BBQ outside in the sun and spent a few hours swimming and sunbathing. Not your usual Christmas Day!
It was really lovely though to have a mash up of normal and new, and I even got to say Merry Christmas to the family as I called my parents and then my grandparents, which meant I got to talk to all the aunts, uncles and cousins too which was fun. I won’t lie, I did feel a little homesick, but I loved experiencing a different Christmas, and I feel a little more grown up for having my first Christmas away from any family. I am looking forwards to next year though now, as I feel like it will feel super Christmassy in comparison to this one!
Tom, Emily and I also played quite a few games of Monopoly Deal, a card game that Tom and Freddie brought back from NZ, and it is addictive. The three of us were exhausted but also extremely competitive, with Emily and I forming an alliance against Tom for a few games since he’d had practice! I’m definitely going to have to buy a deck to take home with me, this game is such great fun!
And that’s it really, Christmas over and done with, but the holidays only 1/3 done! I’ll be seeing my parents very soon (super excited) and then I have a month and a half of (as of yet unplanned) adventures to come!!! Bring it on 2016!