Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Christmas in July

Ready for the party!
I know all of you American readers are "suffering" in your 100 degree temperatures right now, but here in Australia, we are cold. It's winter, and it definitely feels like it, especially on the days when it's rainy and gray (which is pretty often in Melbourne). We expats have been feeling a little glum lately, so we decided to celebrate Christmas in July to get our minds off the dreary weather and have something to anticipate.

Lots of planning went into pulling off this fun party. Emily and Adam came over on Friday night to help decorate our place; we put up the tree and cut out paper snowflakes (some better than others). I ordered a whole turkey from the South Melbourne Market for our Christmas dinner, and we all planned different appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and drinks to bring. I made some eggnog (Zack MUST have eggnog on Christmas) and tree-shaped fruit and veggie platters.









Everyone also brought a white elephant gift to share in an exchange game. We had lots of fun getting rid of silly gifts like Spam, but the best item was probably a copy of the book 50 Shades of Grey. We might have had a bit of a read-aloud session for part of the evening entertainment! We played the word/acting game called "Celebrity," stuffed ourselves silly, and even sang Christmas carols at the end of the night (Zack played guitar and I played piano).



If it has to be winter in the middle of July, I'm glad we have good friends to celebrate Christmas with to make it a little better!

Our crazy friends!

7 comments:

  1. Love it! Your blog rocks. Adore the broccoli and fruit Chrstmas tree platters :-)

    Enjoy Thailand!

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    1. Thanks-we're definitely looking forward to it (and hoping the rain stays away!).

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  2. I like your photowall with all the frames. I would have to inspect it in person, but from your picture, they appear to be lined up extremely well. Do they have laser levels over in Australia? I don't remember those pictures in your previous place. Is this a new addition since the move?

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    1. Thanks-it's new. I got the whole set off Ebay. It comes with a paper template and a little level, so you don't even have to think about lining things up. I'm not sure if they have laser levels, but I'm on the lookout for a mouse trap today. We saw a little one in our house last night; send Molly over to hunt it down!

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  3. This is such a great idea!! i feel so gloomy here in melbourne, and it would be a great way to chrip up a little. and maybe find some cute christmas sweaters for this weather!!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, we were hoping to wear "ugly Christmas sweaters" to the party, but alas, we couldn't find any at the local op shops.

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