Me and my family had been waiting for the day we’d spend Christmas Day in Australia with our extended ozzie family for a very, very long time. And although Christmas Day is now over, along with New Year and all the winter festivities, it’s a period of time I’ll never forget.

Our huge trip over to Oz started with a few days in Singapore, of which I’ve already published a post, and then on to Murwillumbah, a town two hours south of Brisbane where all the four families and everyone else were meeting in one of the families’ house. The time that’s been spent in Murwillumbah has been incredible, and I hope I’ll have more time to reflect on this in the coming months, however this post is specifically about Christmas Day.

So at 00:00 on the 25th December 2016 (or 13:00 on the 24th December 2016 UK time) we started to properly celebrate Christmas time. Most of the fifteen or so of us were already up dancing to cheesy 80s and 90s tunes by this point but we stuck on All I Want for Christmas is You for the turn into Christmas and continued our singalong till 2am.

It’s very safe to say I woke up on Christmas Day feeling worse for wear, with lack of sleep and an abundance of alcohol (and counselling).

img_7461The day started off with getting ready and then sitting on the deck drinking a couple of beers. Sadly, it was not a nice day. I mean c’mon Australia, we didn’t travel to the other side of the world for this kind of weather…

Then the preparations for Christmas dinner went on and everyone was hard at work trying to get everything perfect.

Turns out it was pretty perfect and the meal was incredible.

After lunch, I headed for a nap whilst everyone started to play Cards Against Humanity (classic) so I missed most of the post-lunch fun. However, I didn’t really mind; considering how much I drank the night before, I was in much need of a little rest.

The rest of the day was spent with us all continuing to drink and play games and potter around, it was great.

It’s funny because the day doesn’t sound all that special but it was. As all of us have talked about several times since we’ve all been in oz, it’s incredible that 30 odd years ago, the five originals (my mum, Aunty Lindsay and the three best oz’s on the planet) met on a little island off the east coast of Australia and here we are so far ahead, kids and all, all loving each other like family.

It’s truly incredible the bond that each of us have individually and as one, and I couldn’t have asked for a better second family than this crazy bunch. I truly can’t wait to see the things we all do and the places we go together in the future. And I especially can’t wait to see what all us youngsters will be up to together in the next 30 years, and watch all of our kids love each other like we do.

It’s truly a beautiful thing that we were brought together despite living on opposite sides of the planet.

Thanks Mum, Lindsay, Stephen, Debbie & Heather for this beautiful gift you have given us all.

À bientôt !