Getting my Christmas on

Friday, December 9, 2011






As a Canadian, I find it near impossible to get in the Christmas spirit here in Australia. My family's not around, it's the middle of summer and all of the traditions that I've grown up with just aren't here. And it doesn't help that this year we won't even be home for Christmas (we'll be in New Zealand) so we won't be getting a Christmas tree or decorating at all...

But ever since I've been back from Bali, the weather here has been oh so crappy and I decided yesterday to take advantage of it and try to get my Christmas on. I spent the afternoon making gingerbread and listening to my favourite Christmas music of all time, Sufjan Stevens' Songs for Christmas. And I dare say, I did feel a bit more festive.

How have you been getting your Christmas on this year?

22 comments:

  1. At least your cookies look great!
    Sometimes Christmas just isn't Christmast without a few snow falls or cold days spent cuddling up with a Christmas movie. But it sounds like your surviving well enough.
    I hope for a freak snow fall in New Zealand for you. Haha (but of course a safe one)

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  2. Well, i totally agree with what you say here. I read tons of blogs and that makes me wanna bake and sing songs and ski and wear gloves, but we in uruguay are almost at the same latitude you in australia, so here it's warm and sunny and we're just getting ourselves ready for the beach season, and it's impossible to combine northern christmas with our weather, despite as this country was built by spanish and italian people, we have all their traditions. Let's talk about the food!! Gosh, we have turron, cider, walnuts and all stuff wintery! People usually gain 4 kilos or more along the holidays, it's just crazy! And as most people are not christian, christmas just lacks of sense for most of people. It's so tricky, i guess we'll never find OUR OWN chrismas spirit as we're culturally (?) conquered by usa's culture. Come on, santa wearing gloves and a hat with deers on this sled? It's just non sense. You can even see snowy decoration here, where most people -me included- never ever did see snow!

    It's just a thing to talk about, today 8th is the day to traditionally make up the xmas tree here in uruguay and i had lots of conversations about it. Most people say they hate christmas and that they can't get it. Just a snap of my country so you know :P

    Anyways, i do love chrismas!

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  3. YES YES and YES!

    You are so much more in the spirit than I am and I am here in the States. But CA really hasn't felt anything like Christmas to me. And we can't even afford a tree this year. :( Not the first Christmas together I had hoped for but oh well.

    Ps. Those cookies are beautiful and look SO YUMMY. Gingerbread is my fav!

    Pps. You are gorgeous. <3

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  4. Gah. I'm not talking about it. I can't get over the Christmas in the summer bs (its my 4th one btw).

    My mom did send us stockings and I'm considering cutting paper snowflakes for the windows... just for the irony of it all. I also put silver tinsel on our kumquat tree but it's just plain sad. I think I may take it down.

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  5. Just have to say - your hair looks gorgeous!

    I grew up in Oz, so am used to hot Christmas, but I think this years cool weather in Sydney is making me feel even more like baking and decorating indoors.

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  6. From one expat to another, I love your moose cookie :)

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  7. sufjan is as good as it gets when it comes to christmas tunes. i love that cd of his so much.

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  8. Ohh, I truly love your Christmas cookies! <3 They are so darling! I hope you have fun on your big NZ trip! I live in New Zealand actually!

    x
    Lost in the Haze

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  9. I have yet to do anything festive. And this month will be over before I know it! This makes ME want to bake while listening to Christmas tunes :)
    Ummm.... I WANT YOUR HAIR! Gorgeous.

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  10. Those look so incredibly delicious!!
    Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

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  11. Hello Gaby! Firstly your hair is looks so, so lovely in that last photo, wow!! And the cookies are absolutely adorable, not to mention they look absolutely delicious too!! And yay for getting into the Christmas spirit, I'm glad to hear that the baking & music helped! Merry, merry. xo veronika

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  12. your blog is precious!
    -your newest follower :)

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  13. Adorable cookies! I've started baking christmas cookies as well, peanut blossoms, cranberry cake, and lemon sugar cookies!

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  14. YUM! that cookie looks just BEAUTIFUL! :)

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  15. i definitely agree with you! since we won't be here for christmas either and we're being a bit low-key about buying presents, i just don't feel very christmas-y! but i HAVE been trying to play the christmas carols too in order to get into the spirit :) x

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  16. First off, lovely blog and oh those look yummy. =)
    Second, I've been doing the whole christmas tree, shopping for presents and looking at decorations on my way to work every day thing. You see, since the snow fell here in Norway, everything kinda came to place.

    Wonderful indeed. Followed too btw, hope ya don't mind. And maybe you'll visit me someday.


    ♥ thebookness.blogspot.com

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  17. How cute. I need to go away to get that feeling.

    / Avy
    http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

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  18. The gingerbread looks amazing.
    I am from Germany and we have so many nice Christmas traditions as well, but I can't imagine keeping them up when we are down in Australia...
    In London it's freezing right now, so I am in full Christmas mood! One last time.

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  19. We have Sufjan Stevens Songs for Christmas, too. I absolutely love it and play it on repeat every Christmas! I love the adorable illustrations on the CD pockets, too.

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  20. I never feel like christmas here. It's all just wrong. Not in a bad way, but the season is wrong and first and foremost there is no snow. And of course no family. But I'm going to put in more effort since it's going to be Bear's first christmas. Nothing fancy just a few decorations and a gingerbread house (if we get our oven to work)l.Oh and I love your gingerbread animals!

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  21. It would be strange to have Christmas go from winter to summer. Those cookies are adorable!

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  22. Hey Gaby, just catching up on your blog and wanted to say that I'm obsessed with that moose cookie cutter. Where the heck did you get it? Having married into a family of big-time hunters, that would be an awesome thing to have. :)

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