Vacuum the hall with the Dyson cleaner, fa la la la la la, la la la la, tis the time to try and get leaner, fa la la la la, la la la la. So that was Christmas. Did I enjoy the leap from pre-Christmas to after Christmas? Well, read on and find out. Christmas Eve started with the line for the seafood—an Aussie thing as it’s hot here at Christmas. My thirty minutes in the line wasn’t so bad, though, as I had my iPod and Twitter to keep me amused. I don’t think I bothered anyone too much with my dance moves, well not until I smacked the guy in front of me with a flailing arm at which point one of the bouncers on the door gave me a warning (ok, I might be exaggerating just a little, but there were bouncers, hence the need for me to treat it as if it were a nightclub).

The line
The line

So, having survived buying the seafood, I moved on from Christmas Eve to Christmas morning, which I spent mopping and vacuuming, bleaching the toilet blah, blah, blah, only to have the place dirtied within five minutes of people arriving, as crackers were munched and crumbs fell, peppering my carpet like cat litter at a demented cat-lady’s house. After I scooted around on the floor picking up the bits, while other crumbs rained down on my head from ignorant family members, I managed to get lunch on the table. Everyone ate their weight in seafood and ham, and following Newton’s law of no action without an equal and something-or-other reaction, I’ve put on a couple of kilos. One of the culprits of my increased buxomness was the staple of Aussie cakes, the pavlova—or, as we like to call it, the pav (see below and try not to drool).

The Pav
The Pav


After the family rolled to their cars, and the kids were in bed, I opened my present from one of the most awesome friends I’ve made on Twitter. This person wants to remain anonymous, but I say thank you all the same. I was gifted with a handmade t-shirt of one of my favourite books of all time. Can you guess? Ok, I’ll tell you. It’s Shadows of the Realm, my best-selling (ok semi-best-selling) fantasy book with dragons (I have to put in those words for the SEO, you know how it is). Behold me in all my dragon covered glory…

Me looking snazzy in my book cover
Me looking snazzy in my book cover

But, alas, today the pav is all gone, the crumbs have been banished and the diet has started. I did enjoy Christmas and look forward to doing it all again next year. I want to wish everyone an awesome year for 2013 and thanks for visiting my blog :).

21 thoughts on “A Crumby Christmas that Ended with a Fantabulous Dragon

  1. That’s like you had quite a Christmas. : ))) Wishing you a fab New Year 2013 also. And I must say, I liked the SoTR T-shirt!!! It’s looks very good. Great work. And thank you for sharing this blog. : ))) Best wishes, always. xx

  2. It was arguably a better Christmas than mine LOL. Hubby got called to a fire on Christmas Eve, leaving me to clean the house alone, as well as make cookies, truffles and trifle. Needless to say, at 6 months pregnant, with a 2yo underfoot, this as not the most joyous of days. Christmas morning was much the same, with my back a blaze of agony. The in-laws were 1.5 hours late for lunch (arriving after lunch was ready to serve), which then made us late to get to my parents. We stayed at my parents overnight, but the 2yo was teething badly, meaning we were still awake at 1am, and then hubby had to sleep on the floor so 2yo could share the bed with me as it was the only way she would sleep.

    In any case, Merry Christmas!

  3. Oh my gracious, that line is insane! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a line like that for geese or turkey! Thank goodness for portable entertainment technology. The Pav looks soooo yummy.

  4. Wow, your Pav looks (I should say looked) pretty spectacular! And oh yes, the line…the line…ah it’s all part of the Christmas experience isn’t it? Fortunately this year it was my partner’s turn to queue-up. He called me thirty minutes in to ask whether there was an alternative to seafood (tsss, men!). Happy 2013, Dionne, wish you an absolutely amazing year ahead!

  5. Since we are a split family, we’re doing our “Christmas” tomorrow (Dec. 29) morning. My daughter spent Christmas “actual” at her dad & step-mom’s, where she could wake up with her little brother & enjoy the magic with him. I figure since we don’t have any little ones besides my daughter, it’s the nice thing to do. An extra perk I didn’t expect when I first “gave up” Christmas “actual” is that everything is on sale the week after Christmas, so we spend WAY less. I’m ok with that! Sounds like you had a lovely (albeit crowded & messy, lolz!) holiday. Hoping ours is as cheery as yours, & that the New Year rings in well for all of us! 🙂

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