So that makes it 13 days until Christmas.
Psst....and 18 days until THE CRUISE....thanks for asking..you were about to ask anyway, I am sure....
I am fairly positive I know one person who cannot wait for the next 13 days to fly right on by.
And that person would be our local shopping centre's Santa Claus.
Those guys have got to have one of the toughest jobs around don't you think?
I walked into the centre today and passed the sweet faced Santa Claus walking the other way.
I am sure he was on his way home to get out of that suit and beard and have a nice cold beer.
After all, it's Summer here and he is a bit overdressed for the warm weather.
However, what do they say about the best laid plans of mice and Santas?
As he was just about to go out the exit doors, a small boy ran after him, yelling, "Santa-aaaaaaaaa.....Santa-aaaaaaaaa."
Santa turned around and spoke to the excited boy.
The boy then made a grab for the bell and Santa handed it to him so he could ring it "once".
The child ran off with the bell.
And Santa quickly followed in hot pursuit.
He asked for his bell back and the child refused.
A tug of war ensued.
Santa on one end of the bell and the child on the other.
The child kicked and screamed.
Santa won. He always does.
That child has a lot to learn.....although if he is lucky, he may well find a large shiny bell of his own under the Christmas Tree.
And Santa is probably on the cusp of seriously considering alternative employment options for 2013.
And who would blame him.
While I was in a coffee shop today, I overheard a woman talking about her family's Christmas plans. I listened in (oh ok, I eavesdropped) just because I love to know what other people do on Christmas Day.
Chirstmas is a big deal in my family. We usually go to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve (and no I don't go to Church regularly but I like to for special days), have a late breakfast on Christmas, open gifts (Christmas music of course) and then meet at a family member's home for Christmas lunch - which doesn't start until about 2 at the earliest. Because it is hot, we usually have lots of sea foods, cold ham, turkey and salads although sometimes we have a hot meal. Then we usually break from eating at some point, to hand out Kris Kringle gifts (one member of the extended family buys one other member a gift), then its dessert time. And lots of music, games, catching up, lazing around.......eating some more. You know the drill......the addition of 5 kilos overnight.
How will you be spending the holidays?
Also, the winners of the Holiday Music giveaways are: Tashabud from The Big Picture blog and The Secret Agent Woman from Blog Incognito - congratulations ladies and enjoy.