Friday, December 25, 2009

Our Christmas Day

We decided to take it easy this Christmas and not make any plans that involved being anywhere on a schedule and I'm so glad we did! It's been wonderful! Christmas morning was the first day in weeks that I slept in and didn't either wake up to an alarm or feel like I should get up to get stuff done. It was bliss!

We woke up to gray skies and a temperature of only 13 degrees Christmas morning. It was great! It felt like Nova Scotia a few weeks ago when I was there. I have to say, the cooler temps in Melbourne have definitely helped with my Christmas spirit! We spent the rest of the day moving slowly and going with the flow. Here's a little of what we did...

We called our families to wish them a Merry Christmas and went on the web cam with Steve's Mom and brother.

Steve was bummed that our Christmas tree didn't have as many presents under it as the one at Steve's Mom's place! Did ya notice those gifts?!?

I made us a special Christmas morning breakfast, complete with eggnog and real Canadian maple syrup!

Once we lounged around the house in our PJs, played a little on Steve's new PS3, and took our time getting ready, we headed to the Botanical Gardens for a walk with Jesse. It was really nice, lots of families celebrating the day in the park. That's pretty common in Australia, to celebrate birthdays and holidays with picnics or bbqs in the park. Aussies definitely know how to take advantage of their warmer climate!

We are very lucky to only live about a 5 minute walk to the gardens. They are really beautiful! Or as Steve said about this one particular part of the's almost enchanting!

After our walk, we decided to head downtown for lunch and a gingerbread latte. These little birds were looking for some Christmas day treats!

Go on little can do it! I dare you!

There ya go! Yum..Japanese food...totally worth the risk, don't ya think?:)

I really enjoyed my last Christmas latte of the season and my fruit mince tart! Did I also mention that I'm a wee bit obsessed with fruit mince tarts? I need a recipe for them for next year!

After a nap, I prepared us a little Christmas day picnic for our living room floor. It was really cozy and delicious, if I do say so myself! We both pigged out while watching "Elf" on TV.

I've really enjoyed myself this Christmas. It was so nice to go home to visit my family only weeks before and really helped me soak up every minute of this beautiful holiday without having to waste energy feeling homesick, like I have the last couple of years! It was the perfect balance between my Aussie and Canadian life!

I hope with all my heart that everyone reading this had a perfectly wonderful holiday too! xo


Visible Voice said...

Okay this may sound cheesy....but that was such a magical post for me. So inspiring and I'm book marking this for ideas for next year. Oh the picnic is such a fabulous idea!

Clotilde said...

Great post. Love your day, especially now that I know how pretty those gardens are first hand.

We too had a great Christmas. Spent lots of time in our PJs before heading out to the Purdys for a great BBQ and very nice visit.

Skate said...

What a beautiful day!!! I love all your photos and creative ideas. It sounds so relaxed. We also had a great day. I just need to get to a computer to upload pics. Also, I need to give you your Chrissy pressie! I'll make sure to catch up before we head home. I've got loads of Christmas tales to tell. Big hugs and love. Xoxo

heather said...

yummy gingerbread latte.. ummm cari you should hsve one more for me..:)