The Christmas money shot

Like any other fellow Australian, I know that Christmas time is about long, summery days. Hot days and sometimes nights. The smell of pine wafting out your window on a warm breeze. Eating your hot roast at lunch whilst the sweat beads on your forehead and causes the paper crown to stick. I know it. I’ve lived it.But that romantic notion of cold, of snow, of winter and Christmas, is something we still dream about. Well I do at least.

I have rules about lighting the fire down here outside of normal transmission times. The apparent temp has to be below 10. It has to feel cold. I have to see some smoke coming out of other chimneys in the Village. And if it’s almost Christmas and we are *almost* there, then you go right ahead. BECAUSE OH MY STARS CHRISTMAS AND THE FIRE ARE MEANT FOR EACH OTHER.

Tonight, I am pretending, just for the night, that it’s much colder than it is (although it’s just 8 degrees outside), that some snow is falling somewhere. And that Christmas is indeed, just around the corner.

I like it very much indeed. I knew you would too.

While we are talking Christmas pretty, there’s plenty more where that came from on my very first Edition of BEVERLEY an iPad magazine. Download it from the iTunes store here. Go on!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10208633197266540403 Maryandlil

    i was just commenting today how awesome it would be if it snowed in Oz. Really…..what an experience that would be! If it was colder here I would whack on my fire too, but alas it is not! :( xxx gorgeous.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16683516169183026473 A little bit Country

    I know what you mean. Is it because we have grown up with Christmas cards that show lovely snowy wintery sights. I spent 5 years in the UK and have found I need to really amp up the Christmas songs and decorations to make if feel Christmassy here in NZ. Christmas on “acid” if you will x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07704622521770339221 Jo @Country life experiment

    I’m trying to convince Country Boy to light the fire. It is cold, but I actually just want to enjoy the fire with the Christmas decorations around it too. He won’t go chop the wood though. Meany

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      I went and chopped my own for the very same reason!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06564936409553722298 Laura

    Oh Christmas and fire do go so well together, you are right.

    I’ve had one winter Christmas, in Paris with my family when I was about eighteen. It was nice but a bit strange. It was so dark and cold out that after we ate our lunch we all promptly fell asleep and woke up to black night skies. I much prefer the active, outdoors, aussie christmas that is as much about swimming and playing cricket as it is about the food and presents!
    x Laura

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      We had Christmas in Paris too a few years ago and it was dark and cold and a lovely change – maybe not all the time though? Good point!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10802960704426553262 Take Charge Becc

    Where did you get that Xmas tree from? It’s incredible!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      We got it from a local tree farm…it’s VERY big! Total Griswald number. I LOVE it.

  • Julie

    I know what you mean about Christmas and snow.
    At the age of 23 I went on a ski holiday Canada, met, fell in love and then married a Canadian ski instructor and proceeded to spend the next 25 years living in Canada.
    I loved the snow, especially at Christmas. I lived those scenes from the Christmas cards, and decorated my house with lights in true Grizwald fashion. We always cut down a fresh tree, I loved the smell as well.
    Now I’m divorced and have been back in Australia and have lived on the Sunshine Coast in QLD since 2006, and just love it!
    Now Christmas morning is spent at the beach, and a cold lunch served on the deck.
    So different, but equally as good.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13205159281866934702 jody

    Oh I love your tree Beth!! I need you to come and make my tree pretty too! xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02190695242707409677 Nikki @ Styling You

    How do we live in the same country. I’m in awe of the fact that it is cold where you are when I spent a hot day under a big old mango tree getting cooled by the breeze. LOVE Christmas both ways x

  • http://www.randomactsofzen.com/ Lisa@RandomActsOfZen

    Gorgeous scenes Beth! I would love to have a snowy Christmas for a change, but that’s never going to happen here in Qld.
    Tonight the kids have been alternating between the trampoline and pool, and all fans are GO!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09641452132330917275 Katy_Potaty

    Divine, sweet Bev-editor!!! Xox

  • http://blog.scissorspaperrockdesigns.com.au/ Claire Chadwick @ Scissors Paper Rock

    So much loveliness Beth. I don’t know where to start…. the tree, the fire, the reindeer, the warmth that is seeping from these shots. LOVE it!!!!!

    We just returned from 2 weeks in Japan – oh my Lordy….they know how to put Christmas on!!!!! It was magic. All of it!!! And the fact that it was FREEZING…made it feel ever more Christmassy!!!

    And whilst over there and needing some reading material, I downloaded your app and purchased the 1st issue of Beverly. Loved it – you clever chicken. Totally steeling the watermelon xmas trees idea & LOVE LOVE LOVE the cocktails. Great work Beth. You’re amazing!

    x

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Thanks so much Claire! I would love to go to Japan one day – think it would be amazing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08970799811800725500 Rhi@FlourChild

    We have the snow here (alas, no wood fire), but all I want is to eat mangoes and watermelon Christmas trees, and plan beach days out! The grass is always greener ;)
    x Rhi
    ps. I think your tree has grown!!!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      I agree! It’s getting wider and wider AND we always want what we don’t have. I’m lucky to have had the chance to have a touch of cold with warmer weather on it’s way later in the week!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17612596117585908700 Emma Steendam

    Growing up in chilly snowy (well in winter) south Gippsland hills my childhood Christmas day’s did involve a fire believe it or not! We often have a fire Christmas day, and yes it is lovely. That’s at my mums for Christmas eve/morning/lunch…then down to the warmer beach at my husbands family with seafood bonanza and cricket! Best of both worlds.

    P.S. I really want Beverley, she’s calling me, alas no ipad :( Am I the last person on earth not to own one?! I think yes.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13151973819133926868 Mama of 2 boys

    Absolutely. stunning. Well done Lady, you NAILED the Christmas money shot. Money! xoxo

  • Kris

    I must admit, since moving to this cold part of the world, Christmas has made a whole lot more sense to me. The traditions, the candlelight, the fireplace, Christmas lights shining in the dark and the dusting of snow. It is spectacular. It is everything I imagined as a little girl in Australia, sweltering at school while cutting out snowflakes for the windows wondering if the teachers were indeed crazy…..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18133173713045801244 vancybec

    you know i flat out love that picture!! be still my heart! i wish i had a fire. i would be lighting that baby pretty much every night!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08014387096916510001 Desley

    Hahaha in our part of Robertson it is like a stand off, who is going to light their fire first, all waiting for someone else to do it before you. I said to my hubby this morning I might just embrace the cold and treat it as a winter Christmas instead of waiting for one hot day to be followed by 5 cold ones.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10297932355360477833 Melissa {Suger}

    THAT TREE!! Gaaaaah. So beautiful.