Christmas Baking....That's an American Christmas Tradition, right? Those who know me, know how the title Christmas Baking, on my blog is just funny in itself. I have never cooked. When Josh and I first started dating I had him over to my apartment for dinner one night. I cooked everything in the microwave and threw away all of the evidence before he got there. When Josh worked week on/week off, or month on/month off, he would bake meals and freeze them so I would have something to eat while he was gone. My idea of cooking was heating up a bag of veggies in the microwave or a box of macaroni and cheese. Needless to say I have gotten a little better since we moved to Australia, have to cook everything fresh, do not have a microwave, and do not have any quick food places around the corner.
Getting in the Christmas spirit has been really hard. I am not complaining at all, Australia is amazing. Just being honest on the blog, it has been hard to get in the spirit. Not being around any family and being the middle of summer really does not fit with any of our family Christmas traditions. Even though Josh and I have been together for six Christmas', this is our first year to actually be together. Josh has always had to work. Being this far away, and having our first Christmas together, has really made us think. What Christmas traditions do we want to have?
We still don't know what traditions we want to have, all we can decide is we don't want to have any traditions that anyone feels like they HAVE to do, just because it is a tradition. This year our traditions have been a mix of American and Australia traditions. We really are enjoying the Australian traditions, and can't wait for a full Australian Christmas this week.
Now, the family part will change this week. MY DAD IS COMING TO AUSTRALIA, CHRISTMAS EVE. Yes, that does deserve all caps. He has never left America, and doesn't really make a habit out of leaving Texas.......EVER. I can't wait for him to get here. We are going to Sydney at the end of this week, two islands, and other beaches while he is here. I will be sharing our adventures in the next couple of weeks.
Josh, my friend Courtney, and other friends really have tried to do many things to make us all feel more Christmas-y. One day last week, Courtney and I turned the AC down low, got blankets and watched ABC family movies. It really was fun. Another day this week we had our try at Christmas baking. I mean come on, nothing screams Christmas traditions like baking, right? Courtney is the baker of the two of us, she is teaching me.
Courtney and I decided to bake Christmas Crack (recipe) and Cake Batter Cookies (recipe) at our place. The funny thing is, not being a baker, we did not have a double boiler or a mixer. It was fun making all of the substitutions. Like the mixing bowl in the pot?
We baked and baked all day. It was so much fun, but after all of all of our baking we looked at each other and laughed. We had all of this food, but not really many people to share it with. We divided up all of the goodies, shared them with ferry drivers, bus drivers, and our husband's office. Don't worry we did have our fair share of eating.
Tonight Ameilia and I are going to go try a new tradition, watching Home Alone at the city beach, then catching some fireworks. So, if you had a chance to start a blank slate of Christmas traditions, what would you keep? What would you start?