We're missing the big skies and great colours of an Australian Chrissie, but looking forward to a fantastic day! There's a massive pile under the tree, there's a feast to come, and, later, friends to visit.
There'll also be one or two Aussie cricket fans in this house trying with all their might to get to watch, or at the very least, listen to, the Boxing Day Test match between Australia and India. No comment ...
As Dave and I got up just over an hour ago, it had just passed midnight in Perth, and our thoughts turned to all our family and friends back home as their Big Day ended. We'd had a great afternoon yesterday talking to everyone as they got together for lunch and prezzies, sheltering from another festive sweltering: 41C (105.8F).
The weather will be much more amenable here in sunny Cal today; we've got the heater on at the moment, but it will soon warm up to a gorgeous 20C (68F). It couldn't be better!
Merry Christmas, everyone. Have a wonderful day.
* The lovely pic of one of our native Western Australian wildflowers, Eucalyptus rhodantha, at the top of the page, was taken by photographer Jen Grey Wilson, and I hope she won't mind my pinching it today — just had to have some local WA colour!