My Christmas was a typical Australian one - wake up early, open the pressies under the tree, have breakfast, pack the car, head off before it gets too hot to be stuck in the car with the kids to do the rounds of the relatives (only 2 stops this year) and of course be late for lunch which consists of nibbles, a selection of cold meats, salads and prawns. That's a tradition I never seem to break with no matter how I try. I'm always running late.
Later on in the evening when lunch has digested a bit, we jumped in the car to go and have a look at the Christmas lights in front of the houses in the suburb where my parents live. People go out of their way to put on amazing displays. Some of the houses try to raise money for charities and have donation buckets. One of the houses we saw won a $10,000 prize for the best Christmas lights in Sydney. I didn't bring my camera with me so I had to make do with my partner's phone camera. The pictures aren't that sharp but it gives a general idea of how beautiful the streets look on Christmas night.
I love this part of Christmas evening. There are lots of people out with children walking around the street looking at all the lights, the night air is cool but not cold and it is a nice way to finish off an exciting day for the kids.