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Whoa, its 2012 already?

The holiday season has come and gone, it was different spending the usually winter holidays outdoors in the heat of summer.

We helped decorate many trees this year, and saw many houses lit up as well as decorations hung in the shopping centers. It isn't as big as back home and there was a few write ups in the local paper about how most movies and such are geared towards us in the Northern Hemisphere where Christmas is cold and white. Where would Santa park a sleigh down here? And how does he not die of heat exhaustion in the heavy red suit? Instead he wears boardies and Hawaiian shirt, and rides in an rusty Holden UTE pulled by Kangaroos. Or so the song and book "An Aussie Night Before Christmas" tells me.

We went to a Twenty20 Cricket Game down at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, The Gabba, to watch the Brisbane Heat lose to the Melbourne Stars. It was a close game, in a Twenty20 Game each team gets up to 20 overs out to score as many runs as they can. Cricket was a fun game, but slow moving.

Went swimming on Christmas, even if it wasn't that warm, it was still warmer than home and swimming in an outdoor pool on Christmas and not being a member of a Polar Swim Club could not be passed up. Santa did find us and filled our new stockings from Margaret. Jeff woke the kids up at 5:30, he always has been the first one up.

Boxing Day, the day after Christmas. Its big down here, its also when all the shops have their big sales, its like Black Friday in the hype, but its all the after Christmas Sales. It also is a Public Holiday. Had the big family Christmas on that day, the food choices puts up a fair fight with Thanksgiving as who has more. The kids put on a Christmas show with many different acts, it was great.

Moved out of the caravan we had been staying in at the Taylor's into Margaret's apt while she's away on holiday to W.A. She offered it to us as it would be sitting empty for the time that she was gone and it has given us a nice space to spread out in and take stock and get ready for the next trip as long as we watered the plants and don't burn the place down.

New Years Eve, Jeff and I went out separately but since there isn't many places to go in Gympie and even then they were pretty dead for NYE we ended up spotting each other around. Somewhere there was a costume party going on, saw Gumby and the Duffman, the Duff Beer Guy from the Simpsons, there was a photo of him in the paper directing traffic.

So its 2012 now, when is John Cusack going save us from the end of the world?

Posted by owensj11 19:57 Archived in Australia

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