There is no snow and rugging up in front of the fire. Instead we head to the beach and make the most of our amazingly, stunning climate.
Traditionalists such as myself will insist on a hot baked lunch of turkey, roast pork, apple sauce and delicious,mouthwatering slow baked vegetables.
Others prefer a seafood lunch of lobster, prawns, crabs and salads.
Cold salads and delicious baked hams grace the tables of others.
With such huge meals on offer for lunch or dinner our family always eats a light breakfast.
The children are generally too busy playing with their gifts to be bothered about eating (or if the truth be known they are secretly eating chocolate from their stockings !)
Fresh fruit platters, croissants with either jam or ham and cheese lightly toasted in the oven.....yummy !
Freshly made banana smoothies or ice cold glasses of juice cool us down and prepare us for our busy day ahead.
I prefer my table settings at Christmas to be with white bone china, my best silver cutlery service and plain glassware. The beautiful raspberry colours of Christmas shine through with a neutral tone to work with. A bright display of Holly on the table or in bunches in vases is a must. Everything is so cheery and bright.
You all know how much I LOVE ETCHED GLASS ! These beautiful French imported glasses are nothing short of beautiful. They are exclusive to 'A Touch Of Tuscany' and come in a range of patterns. See their website for more details http://www.provencemarket.com.au/
Etched pedestal bowl also sourced at 'A Touch Of Tuscany'.
I couldn't resist the oh-so-pretty vintage inspired serviettes.....they had to come home as well !