Don’t all book your tickets just yet, but Christmas on the canals is going to be jolly! What could be more fun than dangling our feet over the jetty, waiting for Santa to pass by on his boat delivering lollies for the kids on Christmas Eve?
Breakfast of toast and a cup of tea by the water-side will be followed by a slow, drawn-out present opening ceremony for my kids and their cousins (firmly controlled by my father). Then I’ll get my apron on and finish sorting out the lunch, ably assisted by The Nice Wolf. I’ll probably be ready for the first cocktail about now. Lunch will be hot, despite our warm Christmas weather. We’ll eat. Too much. Then we’ll all laze about on every available sofa and hammock reading new books, chatting or snoring. When we’ve recovered, we’ll throw ourselves into the swimming pool in an attempt to regain an appetite in time for a dinner of leftovers. After dinner, the kids will beg us to watch their concert – something they rehearsed during the day. The adults will resume their favourite slouchy position on the deck, sip drinks and complain about their stomachs. Perfect.
The Mandurah canals like to dress up for Christmas. It has become “a thing”. The residents go troppo with Christmas lights and hundreds of boatloads of tourists and locals cruise by the houses taking photos and listening to Christmas tunes. It’s a little bit “Blackpool at night” (Canadian readers, think Niagara), with neon flashing overload. You can imagine that kids love it and you can’t fault the community spirit.
So as not to be a party-pooper I’ver been thinking about how we can join our neighbours in a way that complements our lovely new home and without spending thousands on the light
Call me colourist – but no orange will be allowed. Preferably no pink either. I’m envisioning a flood-lit gum tree with a possum or two sneaking away with a Christmas pudding. Santa lazing by the pool, in his board shorts with a stubbie in his hand, or maybe a fishing rod. I reckon I could make a roster of bodies to fill the Santa suit, so long as I keep up the supply of stubbies (possibly secretly filled with red wine).
In the mean time, I’ve been scaling Pinterest for some sparkly inspiration. What do you think?
Do you go troppo with Christmas lights?
Can you recommend festive lights that are the ultimate in good taste?
Have you seen lights that scream Aussie, Aussie, Aussie (Oi, Oi, Oi) at you?
Or do you think we should save on electricity and pretend we’re not home?