Growing up in Australia in the heat I really cherish the Northern Hemisphere Christmas. After spending the first 24 years of my life lazing in the pool on Christmas day (okay, okay, that is pretty great too) it is lovely to be having Christmas Day the way I had always envisioned, snuggled up in the house from the cold, sometimes snowing outside, having a hot Christmas dinner and warm mulled wine.
I love seeing the Christmas lights adorning the High Street, neighbours decorating their houses and, I'll confess, Christmas carols playing in the stores. To me, it is the quintessential holiday season experience.
I have been enjoying my share of Christmas foodie treats as I figure I cannot indulge in too much of that delicious mulled wine so fruit mince pies with lashings of cream it is!
One hard part to this time of year (and being an ex-pat) is missing my family. We were lucky to be back in Australia last year for December and it was my first with my parents, brothers, Grandmother and Aunts in 6 years. I am so happy that Avalon had her first Christmas in sunny Australia.
This year, will be a bit more harried as we will have moved into our new house only 12 days before so our tree and decorations will be going up late. My best friend of 22 years arrives (I cannot wait!) with her baby boy and partner just after our move and they'll be with us on and off for the following 3 weeks... it is going to be a lovely (although not restful) couple of weeks.
Avalon is 20 months old today so I thought I would share some of her favourite books; ones she loves read to her and also the ones she 'reads' herself, holding the books herself and turning the pages. It amazes me how much she remembers from the stories being read to her.
I first saw him in The Dreamers and since then in Mar Mere, Les Chansons d'Amour & Dans Paris.
I don't have much more to add other than the usual fan girl gushing but I highly recommend The Dreamers as it is one of my favourite films, I love all things 'Paris' and I lose myself in the feeling that Bertolucci's film evokes.