Re­flec­tions of Christ­mas

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Health & Wellbeing - By Joan Stam­mers

Christ­mas is com­ing, the goose is get­ting fat It clearly wasn’t an Aussie who first penned that. The truth is, I’ve never, ever tasted goose.

It’s not that I’m a her­mit or some type of recluse. Even back in Eng­land, way back in the Old Dart, In the land of plum pud­dings and the fes­tive mince tart,

Goose was never on the menu; it was more like pork or ham

Of maybe a stuffed turkey or suet pud­ding laced with jam.

But that all changed one day when out to Aus I flew

And dis­cov­ered I liked prawns – and more than just a few!

I dis­cov­ered seafood lunches and gar­lic bread to chew

With the grand old tra­di­tion of the Aussie BBQ. It’s hot out there as well with lots of flies to swat And of course the heat means that you have to drink a lot.

Eggnog and sherry is not the Aussie tip­ple More like Cham­pagne or beer – and more than just a lit­tle!

In Eng­land, Santa down the chim­ney will come, With toys for the chil­dren and gifts for ev­ery­one. There are no chim­neys in Australian, but when all is said and done,

He just turns up at a party and joins in all the fun. We both have Christ­mas stock­ings crammed with lots of stuff

And chil­dren get­ting presents – they can­not get enough!

We both have the stress of shop­ping and the fran­tic Christ­mas rush

But the berries on the holly are re­placed with

Christ­mas Bush.

We both have our re­li­gions and some to church do go

And Santa rings his bell and calls out ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!’ But no mat­ter who you worship or how you cel­e­brate

Treat ev­ery­one as your brother and learn to love, not hate.

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