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For those not accustomed to it, it’s hard to imagine Christmas in the sun. Growing up in Ireland, December was a dark and dreary month, made cheery only by the festive lights that decorated streets and homes, twinkling in the frosty air. Since my sister moved to Australia, however, we have spent a number of Christmases in the sun. Although it’s definitely a little strange, it’s hard to complain about good company, warm sunshine and wonderful food. Sydney is famous for its seafood and while there we consumed as much of it as we could. One of our favourite seafood restaurants is Doyle’s in Watson’s Bay. Being on a budget we would typically just buy fish and chips and head down to the beach to look back over Sydney harbour as we enjoyed our lunch. The boats bobbing calmly by the beach were juxtaposed beautifully against the angular lines of the central business district in the background. We hope to go back there soon.


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  1. It’s funny how people have different ideals and memories..As an 8th generation Australian I associate Christmas with cicadas, mangoes, salads, cherries, humidity and long still hot nights, the idea of a cold Christmas leaves me, well, cold. Cold fingers and feet, cold runny nose, cold wind, no thanks, I’ll save that for the middle of the year.

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    December 6, 2014
    • You’re completely right, Ross – it really depends on what you grew up with. So many of our traditions are linked to weather. I’ve done 5 Christmases in Oz and I really enjoyed them – the seafood and salads, the boats sailing out for Hobart on Boxing Day – all warm weather stuff. But I still missed the cold weather stuff – mulled wine, cozying up to watch a movie, holly. Not better, just different!


      December 6, 2014
  2. I found Christmas in Oz very odd – it’s weird listening to ‘Snow is Falling…’ when you’re lying by a pool in your bikini 🙂 I wasn’t complaining either though!

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    November 27, 2014
    • I was thinking the same as Linda. And I was also first thinking I’d show the “poor Aussies real Christmas food”, you know, the oven cooked casseroles etc that we always eat for Christmas in Scandinavia. Then came the Christmas and the heat and who in their right mind would be interested in cooking (or eating) hot food in a kitchen when one can have salads and ice cream and water fights by the pool?! Loved the Christmas time but it was different in Sydney!

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      November 29, 2014
      • Yeh, the first time I was there for Christmas I thought I would really miss my turkey & ham. Give me lobster and crayfish on the beach any day!

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        November 29, 2014
  3. Gary #

    Yes, a great photo…sort of a paradox; boats, sea with the Financial District in the background. Mind you, you’d have to work in the Financial District to own a boat in Ireland!! Friend of mine lives in Newcastle, north of Sydney…he still hankers for the crisp Christmas days and the starry starry nights. He doesn’t get it when I say “Let’s swap”.

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    November 27, 2014
    • The grass is always greener, hu?! I enjoyed the Christmases I’ve been there but I agree it doesn’t feel as festive without the crisp days and starry nights. Boats are ridiculously expensive in Ireland, especially for inland waterways. All I could ever stretch to was a rubber dinghy!


      November 27, 2014
  4. Yes, the boats show up well against the background of buildings. Lovely shot.

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    November 27, 2014
  5. That sounds like a wonderful way to spend Christmas. We are English but live in Asia these days. Christmas day still feels Christmassy, but I do find the run-up to 25th December less festive. It is hard to feel it in the same way without the dark and cold for some reason!

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    November 27, 2014
    • I agree, Jenny. The day itself is great but the run-up is just not the same without the dark & cold and all that comes with them – fires, woolly hats, mulled drinks, etc.

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      November 27, 2014
      • I’m glad it’s not just me, June! We do still do mulled wine, but it’s not quite the same with the aircon rather than the fire going in the background! 😉

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        November 28, 2014

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