Subject: Re: Christmas / Holidays Away from Home
Ziners, Every year we have two Christmas celebrations - the week before in Montreal with family and then here in Toronto with family and friends - the tree, the turkey, the gifts, the hokey Chrismas carols - the whole 9 yards and we love it. Our tradition includes all guests bringing an ornament for the tree.

But every once in a while we have a Christmas celebration away from Canada and thoroughly enjoy it. We spent one Christmas season in Australia. The lead-up was in Melbourne (the candlelight carols in the botanical gardens were wonderful) and then with Koo-ee tours on Christmas Day in the Kakadu in Northern Australia. Imagine a Christmas lunch with turkey and all the trimmings seated at a table with folks from around the world whose experience had not included this traditional feast, in bathing suits (we had just spent an hour in a swimming hole - it was hot) in temperatures reaching the mid 30s celsius. It was a different experience because there was no snow, we weren't shivering in the cold and there was no designated driver going out into the cold to warm up the car for the passengers before we headed out. But I am so glad we had the Christmas in Australia and I would do it again in a minute. Lucy