that's life (Australia) - - Contents - Linda Smith, Edi­tor [email protected]­fic­mags.com.au

So the big day is al­most here! I hope you aren’t feel­ing too stressed and that you have worked out what you are do­ing. My hus­band Si­mon and I will ‘do’ my side of the fam­ily on Christ­mas Eve and then the day it­self will be spent with my step­kids and their grow­ing brood. We ac­tu­ally haven’t de­cided where yet as, in break­ing news, my sec­ond grand­son was just born! The as-yet-un­named bun­dle of joy ar­rived a lit­tle early, catch­ing his par­ents by sur­prise. As preChrist­mas sur­prises go, a new baby in the fam­ily is right up there! My eldest grandie Har­ley, at just two, has been caught up in the sea­sonal ex­cite­ment since he spot­ted the sparkly dec­o­ra­tions at the lo­cal shop­ping mall early last month. Ever since, any­thing Christ­massy has sent his ex­cite-ome­ter to lev­els al­most on par with Emma from The Wig­gles com­ing on the telly! Si­mon and I feel so lucky to have a big fam­ily to en­joy. But there are lots of dif­fer­ent ways to cel­e­brate Christ­mas and the tl! team has got all bases cov­ered. We do have a few Christ­mas ‘or­phans’ among us, who are away from their fam­ily. But be­ing re­source­ful types, they won’t let that stop them. Beth, whose part­ner Suddy is English, will be hang­ing out with a gag­gle of other Pom­mies at the beach. Riah, who is English her­self, and her part­ner Luke will also hit the surf and sand. ‘After five years, it’s still a nov­elty to be swim­ming in De­cem­ber,’ said Riah. For the rest of the team, it’s a more tra­di­tional blend of hot or cold meals and trav­el­ling to see fam­ily. I’m tak­ing a break from writ­ing my let­ter next week when we’ll all be star­ring in a spe­cial Wel­come page Christ­mas card, so I’ll take this op­por­tu­nity to wish you a Christ­mas that’s as happy, peace­ful and loud as you’d like it to be!

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