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SANTA–THE 12TH CHRISTMAS STUDY

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IN RALEIGH HO HO

Now I have done 2 Christmas parties. Sail Urunga and BOAMBEE BLOKES.

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The Sail Urunga Party was a casual affair at the local Scouts’ Hall. Salads and BBQ ( vegeterians catered for). It was held at Lunchtime following the morning’s sailing on the Bellinger River.

 

 

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For the BOAMBEE BLOKES’ party it was casual evening and the classy OCEAN NOIR restaurant at Coffs Jetty. Parties are not a natural element of mine but I find them interesting.

The rains have been and frightened us all. Rains including flooding in the West. The snow has come down South and Cold up in Armidale and wild winds have blown. Now the sun is shining and the cattle are in the front paddock. I have continued my studies of Christmas and also loaded the living room with a multitude of assembled madness. Ah! And I have also done Christmas Carols in Urunga.

The jacarandas have lost their flowers and the magnolias along North Bank Road are wilting a little.  With only a few days until Christmas Day, I shall look back over the month and some more of the elements of Christmastime.

I have been South to visit with some close relatives and I have looked at the shops in Port Macquarie.

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The lawns have been mown but will need mowing again before Family comes.

We made the paper chains.

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We also encountered the inevitable snag – first one this year was car repairs. Hundreds of dollars and registration due at the same time. There goes $1000 or more out of the Christmas budget.

Fortunately, this time, we have mechanics we know and trust.

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We did the BIG DAY’s shopping in the nearest large town , namely Coffs Harbour. The baby reneged on sitting with Santa and we finally made it home overheated and required cooling off.

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We have swum in salt water and eaten hot chips at the store in North Beach, seen fish and a pod of 6 dolphins swimming past.

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We have been to Growers’ Market and bought home made Christmas Decorations. Amongst my studies of the old Australian Customs, I had come across some ideas like these decorations and it was a pleasure to see them still being made and sold. I have the tree to come and I am to collect pine cones from the Ovals in Urunga.

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I have taken to eating WEISS BARS on the verandah of the North Beach Store. Anoth4r eminently appropriate Summertime and Christmas Activity. It was from here that we all saw the dolphins passing by.

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The mornings have begun to dawn bright and red. The real heat hasn’t come but its warm and the grasses are long and the skies are b-l-u-e. 051

I have visited the Daughter, Kati B’s Christmas tree and been stunned by her organisational abilities and clear thinking. As well as her good taste and gifted wrapping techniques.

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Kati B, Baby and me have done Bellingen.  Checked the windows and the shops and bought a bit of this and that.

I have also done Urunga. A new playground has been built outside the Library – for bigger kids. I thought it looked a good idea but it seems to be drawing some rather wild roundabout riding and the peaceful Library space looks a little ‘distrubed’.. Wonder why they didn’t put it down on the waterfront where there is plenty of room for wild park life. 

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The checklist for pre Christmas is looking pretty good. We also went to the last Bellungen market for 2010.

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And then to URUNGA CAROLS BY THE SEA.

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The cattle are in the front paddock getting the grasses down. We have the offer of the use of a pool for Christmas.And family is coming from South and West.

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I have talked to one Granddaughter at length by phone, gathered some more reindeer and wrapped tinsel like substances around things. I bought some magic snow as well but it is very dodgy.

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We have hampers for families and gifts to put in sacks. Just one more major gift to get and I think said Granddaughter might have given me an idea which will work.

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THE TENTH CHRISTMAS STUDY

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I have continued with my studies during the week. The TREE began to take my attention. I considered the Spectrum of Family Preferences, went shopping with Kati B in Coffs Harbour. This year, due to the baby in the House, she opted for a small table top DOUGLAS FIR.  The MOB in Armidale was compelled to cut a portion off their legendary tree in order to make it fit. Port Mac went for the dramatic silver and white LED – but as for me – afte4r the careful consideration, I have determined upon the she-oak or whatever it is that grows scruffily down here at the Mouth of the 2 rivers. It means a dodgy lop of a lower branch without incurring the wrath of the constabulary – but it seems the correct choice to me. 12 days before Christmas, I shall acquire it. That seems to be tomorrow. In the meantime , I have been achieving rather a lot more than I normally do re this season. I went to the Bellingen Growers’ Market on Saturday and came across a Lady selling decorations she makes. The two reindeer up top were $2.50 each.

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Izzy seems to have supplies of Xmas oddities The antlers are now on the reinsheep.

One small Black and white dog is also to receive Xmas gifts – so long as he comes down the Mountain for a visit.

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THE NINTH CHRISTMAS STUDY

030Baby and I have completed the first decorations through the glamorous technique of cutting up catalogues and stapling them into loops and making a chain. We have app. 5 metres now. Takes me back to teaching days spiritually. The Daughter, Kati B, seemed amused but then the little one – SMILED. I was taken unawares of what pleasure that would give me. Then she leaned her head on mine and kissed me. So, today, Chinese Lanterns and paper bells.

In the Meantime, I look again into the TROVE for other Christmases.

This year, 2010, the inland is FLOODED. Coonamble and Wagga and more to come. Just as they did to us on the Clarence in 2009, the SES ordered evacuation in near hysteria, offering no assistance, no direction and often recommending roads and towns which proved more dangerous than staying put, only to have the flood pass through without breaching the levees AT ALL. So now Coonamble is angry and Wagga will likely be. We listened to the Locals back in 2009 and the Inland Locals are saying the same things that we were.  Inaccurate assessment of situation, minimal use of  local knowledge, fear inducing evacuation orders, lack of support, assistance or direction.

Back to the TROVE.

and Christmases Past.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27569310

"Flood-bound Town To Get Beer By Plane." The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) 21 Dec 1950: 3. Web. 7 Dec 2010.

 

BEER FLOODSW The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW  1842-1954), Thursday 21 December 1950

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AND THEN THERE WERE THE POTATOES.

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"Fortnight’s Shortage Of Potatoes." The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842-1954) 4 Dec 1952: 7. Web. 7 Dec 2010.

spuds The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842-1954), Thursday 4 December 1952,

THE SEVENTH CHRISTMAS STUDY

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OBSERVING THE ART OF CHRISTMAS DECORATION AND RECOLLECTING CHRISTMASES PAST.
A Christmas carol. Illustrated by Frank Bindley (1890)

2008 Introducing the musical and partying dimension of Xmas.

BILAMBIL SPORTS CLUB.
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And the Fully Adult and Tastefully Decorated Christmas.

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My own simple decorating technique.

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ON RIGHT.

THE TREE AT LORRAINE’S IN WEST TWEED HEADS.

ON LEFT.

Sub tropical Xmas 2008 for 2.

NOW FOR THE DECORATIONS.

FROM TROVE

DECOR The Australian Women's Weekly , Wednesday 14 December 1955,HORSESHOES
DECOR The Australian Women's Weekly , Wednesday 19 November 1969 ANGELS
BELLS The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. 1848-1954), Tuesday 19 December 1944,

 

DECOR The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. 1848-1954), Thursday 23 December 1937

DECOR The Australian Women's Weekly , Wednesday 31 October 1962ANGELS DECOR The Australian Women's Weekly , Wednesday 31 October 1962TREE

THE SIXTH CHRISTMAS STUDY

LUNCH Old Christmas  from the Sketch book of Washington Irving - Irving, Washington, 1783-185918869 Old Christmas - Irving, Washington, 1783-1859xmasdinner
SANTA The Australian Women's Weekly , Wednesday 11 November 1953 The Australian Women's Weekly , Wednesday 21 November 1973 PUDDING

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2008 – CHRISTMAS AT HOME IN BILAMBIL COTTAGE WITH FAMILY COMING TO STAY.

I am getting something of a picture now. There are :

  1. DECORATIONS
  2. GIFTS
  3. CHRISTMAS DAY CLOTHING
  4. ACTIVITIES – MUSIC, GAMES ETC
  5. FOOD, DRINK AND THE TABLE
  6. WHO SLEEPS WHERE AND HOW
  7. KATE’S BIRTHDAY AND V ISITORS FROM AFAR

I shall proceed with my research.  Izzy is mowing lawns – a crucial element of the Occasion. He is the pinnacle of Mower matched only by my former DOS in Bilambil.

We have a Baby in our lives this year who hasn’t encountered her first Santa. It appears that he appears in stores on the last weekend of November so he wasn’t there when we ‘did’ Coffs Harbour last week. Week before.

Now a few more images and then a study of DECORATIONS INCLUDING TREE.

MISTLETOE A Christmas carol. Illustrated by Frank Bindley (1890)holly

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THE FIFTH CHRISTMAS STUDY

A Little book of Christmas (1912) A Christmas carol. Illustrated by Frank Bindley (1890)7
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Herein I include one pic of a Staff Xmas Party. That’s something I generally avoid but I was attending as ‘guest of’ and ‘ partner of’. I am only recently cast in the role of ‘partner of’ anyone at all. 2007, the Austlit Staff met at the Blue frog in Toowong for Xmas Lunch.

Looking through the AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S WEEKLY, I also find that many of the recipes for cakes and puddings do NOT contain alcohol. At what stage did it slip into tradition that it was not possible to make cake without grog ?

Considering 2007.

And examples of Australian Christmases. 

The PRE SCHOOL  is always a good place for the first Santa Encounters.

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I am even considering the ‘artificial tree’  in 2010. I have always been of the traditional ‘ branch of large conifer ‘ school of Xmas tree but am now surrounded by Artificial Tree-ers and can see the Beauty in them.

My sister ordered hers from Christmas Warehouse Online. The MOB have been ‘growing’ the one on the right throughout most of the 2000s  and even Kati B is going that way this year due to :

a: having small child in house

b, wrecking the metal bucket  last year

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The wee lass on the right also sums up the Occasion for me. Overwhelmed emotionally. Distraught. Weeping and Laughing all at once.

 

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I haven’t even begun considering the LUNCH. I know bonbons are a ‘Must” as are paper crowns. We also have a Xmas day birthday and a Boxing Day birthday to incorporate into the Festivities.

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THE FOURTH CHRISTMAS STUDY

This one includes OUR 2006 ARMIDALE XMAS which meant HAIL. A NATIONAL DISASTER level of hail.

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I came from Bilambil on the XPT to Grafton and then up on the Moree Coach to Glen Innes and the MOB picked me up from there, As we drove the 100kms towards Armidale hail came over and when we reached town, it had been TRASHED.

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ARMIDALE LIGHTS

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GAME OF 2006 – BOLLE.

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THE EPITOME OF THE ICONIC XMAS. A GARAGE. PAPER CROWNS. EXTENDED AND BLENDED FAMILY.

  FOR NOW – BACK TO THE PLANNING.

The Australian Women's Weekly , Wednesday 28 December 1955,

THE THIRD CHRISTMAS STUDY

A 1947 OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS SETTING

outdoorThe Australian Women's Weekly , Saturday 20 December 1947

1959 provides me with this amazing outfit  for  the offspring. I , myself, don’t find it particularly appealing but it might translate into something better when made up.

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santa boy The Australian Women's Weekly , Wednesday 4 November 1959

As for our family, the 2005 Christmas was a little subdued but the tree was once again impressive. It was a Kingscliff matter with beaches and little girls, unicorns and pushers.

I was living in Bilambil in the Cottage but don’t recall my own decorations. I should think that I didn’t have any. The Grandmother becomes adept at evading the duties.

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It is also nigh impossible to compete with the sheer beauty of artwork done by the Children.

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2005 cake cooked by the Daughter in Law.

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operation christmas The Australian Women's Weekly , Saturday 28 December 1946,

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THE SECOND CHRISTMAS STUDY

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I have a goodly number of inspirational Christmases to learn from. IN addition to the Womens Weekly etc, I have our own Family Legends of Xmases Past. In 2004, we were in Kingscliff. That’s up on the Tweed on the Queensland Border. 

Note the Australian Spread set up over near the beach. It includes prawns and other cold foods.
Note also the looks of delight on the family members.
2004 was a top year for the elegant tree courtesy of the Mob. Silver Star neatly on top and interior reindeer shining.

I would like a kindly faced Frosty the Snowman like the one on the right but I don’t think the ones available in WOOPI DOOs bargain store in Urunga has the same gentle visage.

The stockings are well underway for two of the grandchildren and we have visions of bunting out the front. 

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I shall also need to consider ‘ACTIVITIES’. The 2004 Xmas led to a game of Havi Sack. I thought it was Happy Sack. Now I am unsure of the name of the game but the Family liked it. I have a cricket set and plenty of yard space. Maybe badminton. We are also near the River and the Sea and have horses. We also have access to the wee yachts at SAIL URUNGA so as long as the weather is kind to us, we are covered re ACTIVITIES.

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CHINESE HAPPY SACKERS.  I discover it IS called HAPPY SACK after all.

CHRISTMAS 2010

The Australian Women's Weekly , Saturday 26 December 1936,

This year, I was going to focus on Summer rather than Christmas. It appears, however, that Summer might not come so Christmas it is. The AUSTRALIAN WOMENS WEEKLY is now online in TROVE and they have some fine Christmas info and ideas.

This is a good thing because I am no manner of a hostess, do not cook nor even shop very well and have a naturally eremitic inclination combined with a morbidity of personality that alternates with immature over excitement and troublemaking. This year, for my 62nd Xmas I am carefully studying the Yuletide celebrations and discussing the process with others.

Decorations are an issue of course. The MOB do them well. My sister has ordered an online tree, My daughter has quiet good taste. My brother, so I am told, has a Xmas  decorator come in. As for me – I am not quite sure as yet about how to decorate.

The Australian Women's Weekly , Wednesday 21 December 1977 The Australian Women's Weekly , Wednesday 1 December 1971

Crafty people have the advantage. I found a Maggie Taberer Article recommending the wearing of WHITE.  Well – I hadn’t thought of that.

 

The Australian Women's Weekly , Wednesday 1 December 1982

It adds meaning to the words NOTHING LOOKS BETTER.