R is so unsentimental at times and laughed at me when after we chose a Christmas card for Mother I said I teared up a bit when I read the words. It was a Happy Christmas Mum card and I can't remember the words now, but I translated them in my mind as, you are the centre of our family Christmas and once you have gone, things will change.
Indeed she is the centre of our Christmas and always has been and the day will come when she is no longer around.
We had a final family get together before Christmas for ABI Brother's birthday last Sunday. Mother and Tradie Brother, Fire Fighting Nephew and now Fire Fighting Niece too, at opposite ends of the state. FF Nephews partner, Sister and Little Jo and of course R and myself. Sadly one niece and 21 month old Little M could not make it but we had a nice time. Mother's legs looked very marked. Why wasn't she wearing her hose? She had only taken to wearing hose when she stopped using Coppertop fake tan on her legs.
I don't think I have ever seen peacocks on a Christmas tree before. Prahran Market courtyard.
Our building's Christmas tree.
Apparently there are some religious connotations to Christmas, but don't worry about that. It is a great time to catch up with family and friends.