Our Aussie Bush Christmas

This year we celebrated Christmas in the picturesque Hunter Valley with my sister and her family. My parents, my brother and his family also came, which made 15 around the table! I have another sister, but she lives in Hong Kong so wasn’t with us this year.

We love having a ‘Ros’ Christmas, because food is her thing. We all do a great job at Christmas, of course, but she is a bit more used to feeding the hungry hoards. And if you are ever in this part of New South Wales, I recommend visiting Mojo’s: the restaurant, the Deli, or grabbing one of Ros’ picnic hampers. No, I wasn’t paid to say that! But she is my sister so I am allowed 😉

Anyway, because I love Christmas so much, I am going to share our Aussie bush Christmas celebration with you all… Prepare for photo overload!

We arrived first, so were able to lend a hand setting up. Here’s the simple but tasteful table:

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Bunting adorned the rafters

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There’s been a lot of rain lately, so it was very green and lush

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Love these rustic Santas decorating the tables

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Saffy didn’t want to miss out on the celebrations 🙂

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Mosquito coils are a necessity in this weather

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I contributed a baked camembert for the before-lunch nibblies

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I also made Nuts and Bolts, and there were plenty of dips and chips as well.

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Present time before the meal – no-one can wait any longer!

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Our entrée was DIY smoked salmon bruschetta

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Main course was traditional baked ham, turkey, and potato bake, along with a couple of fresh salads. There was plenty of wine, juice and soft drink to wash it all down.

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We were all very full after these two courses, so everyone took some time away from the table. Checkers was a popular pastime

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Later, everyone joined in a game of cricket, including the dogs and the horse. A gentle stroll was required to reach the pitch

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Fresh watermelon was most welcome in the hot afternoon sun

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and Saffy appreciated the watermelon rind

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Thongs and flies, synonymous with an Australian summer!

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Exhausted from all the cricket, we returned to the house

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‘Dinner’ was dessert – Christmas pudding (and custard), trifle, gingerbread, nougat and shortbread. Plenty of fruit was brought out as well. This confused the kids no end, but they managed! It was nearly 7pm by this stage!

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Ros’ famous Christmas pudding

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Two camp sites had been set up to cater for all the extra bodies. Thankfully, it wasn’t too hot so the campers were quite comfortable.

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We enjoyed each others’ company as the sun went down

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We had a lazy start to Boxing Day, but were treated to a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, Christmas ham, bacon, roasted tomatoes and toast. Yum!

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A generous local friend had offered the use of her pool, so off we went after breakfast. How’s this for a pool with a view?

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More culinary treats were on the menu, including mum’s smoked salmon puffs

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There were plenty of shenanigans in the pool

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Back to the house and some leftovers for lunch, before packing. A storm was approaching so we had decided to head home rather than camping another night. We were sorry to be leaving a little earlier than originally planned, but we will all catch up again before the school holidays are over.

After all that fun, no-one can blame a boy for falling asleep shortly after we begin the drive home!

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So that’s our Aussie bush Christmas. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas as much as we enjoyed ours!

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7 thoughts on “Our Aussie Bush Christmas

  1. So enjoyed seeing how other parts of the world celebrate Christmas. It seems so different to be able to be outside and do those type of activities when we have the snow and cold here in Canada. Your food all looks so yummy and love those vintage type Santas.


    • Hi Lori, we love our summer Christmas traditions as I am sure you love yours! But it’s always fun to see how others celebrate. I’ve experienced a winter Christmas (in the UK) but it really didn’t feel like Christmas at all! Xx Fiona


  2. Wow, what a celebration! It’s always such a surprise to see summer for Christmas, but I know that it is summer in Australia. Our youngest daughter is in Perth where it was 113 one day last week. Now that is hot! Glad you had such a fabulous holiday! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


    • Ah, I hear it gets very hot in Perth, and they’ve had bushfires as well. But I think the temperatures are usual for them at this time of year. I hope your daughter is enjoying herself there xx Fiona


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