It's Christmas!!!!

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Bit drunk there.

At last its here!  We've been like two kids waiting for our very different Christmas day to arrive.  We spent Christmas Eve with Sean and Jolen, a nice Northern Irish couple who live in the bottom room of our house.  We had a few beers and just chatted about our different spells in Sydney, which was good craic.  We had the option of going out with the rest of the house, but since they were going on a booze cruise which would have made me sick as a dog, we decided to stay on dry land. We had an early wake up after our late night, our next door flatmate's all getting up before ten to trade gifts. We had been unable to wait and we  had swapped gifts before going to bed at around 2 am.

Really drunk now...
 

We opened up our gifts from home soon after getting up. Thank you so much to everyone for our great gifts, we appreciate the effort. We had our Christmas dinner downstairs with Sean and Jolene around 3, we supplied lamb steaks and burgers which we cooked in the sunshine on the BBQ, along with my favourite cheese and pineapple on a stick, crackers with dips and fresh cherries (an Aussie Christmas delight). Sean and Jolene made some 'proper' dinner with chicken, sweetcorn, peas and tasty mashed potato, so it was a nice mix and a good laugh. We said our goodbyes around 5 and we headed to Bondi beach, which was simply crammed with thousands of people surfing and sun worshiping. We had bought tickets for a Gatecrasher gig which had been on since 10 that morning, so we headed in straight away to find a few thousand people dancing away in the 30 degree heat.

Ready for the party!
Very much like Ibiza, Bora Bora to be exact, but with the vast majority of the crowd being Irish it was more like being in County Bondi, 'Ireland's 33rdCounty' as its known over here. The gig was great because you could dance away and leave anytime you wanted to go on the beach, and it was on a closed off section which was the only part of the Bondi area where you could drink in public. We raved away until it finished at 10 then we joined the huge queue for our bus back to Bondi Junction and home. The hundred or so crammed onto the bus were all merry and we all sang Christmas carols all the way home. Back in Bondi Junction, we popped into the local Westfield superstore which has amazing Christmas displays including a great  Santa's sleigh, so we sneaked over the rope and took some pictures before the security guys could stop us.
On the pavillion.
We headed back home following some attempted phone calls home  and I did get to speak to my parents via a webcam chat Boxing morning, late Christmas night for them. Well, we had some live chat, then a webcam chat where they could see and hear us but we couldn't see or hear them! We could instant message though, so we were in touch and it was good for her folks to be able to see us both at Christmas.

All and all we had a great day, so different to what we are used to and of course it doesn't compare with a family Christmas, but theres not doubting this Christmas will always stand out more than most others. Merry Christmas everyone!!

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Bit drunk there.
Bit drunk there.
Really drunk now...
Really drunk now...
Ready for the party!
Ready for the party!
On the pavillion.
On the pavillion.
Looking over Bondi.
Looking over Bondi.
The crowd.
The crowd.
Whoooo!!
Whoooo!!
At Westfield.
At Westfield.
Mery Christmas!
Mery Christmas!
Jolene cutting the chicken.
Jolene cutting the chicken.
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photo by: Sunflower300