|Snow? At Christmas Time? I don't think so...|
|Balmoral Beach, Christmas Day|
By midday, the sun being over the yard-arm, the bubbles will be opened. This helps the cooking process enormously. By now the kitchen is ridiculously hot. If you have eggnog, it will be iced.
After the feast is produced and consumed, the Opening of Gifts may commence. Any little kids present will take centre stage at this point, if they haven't already.
|The Best Christmas Expression of the Year.|
|The mangoes are wonderful this year.|
Some choose to picnic for their Chrissy dinner, and if you take a post-prandial harbour-side walk you'll see them enjoying the last sip of sauvignon blanc and the last slice of smoked salmon or fresh mango in the late-setting sun.
In the North, where the pagan pre-Christmas celebrations evolved, they say, to leaven the sad cold depths of mid-winter, I guess that the warming food, non-iced eggnog and a roaring fire are still a big help. But in the South, Christmas is about the sun and making the most of lovely weather. Which we did today.
|"Today's Conditions" at Balmoral Beach|
|Balmoral Beach: The Bathers.|
|Christmas evening, Sydney, 2011|
|Mild. Sunny Lovely.|