Christmas always seems a little surreal in this part of the world.
Its been over 30ºC for the past few weeks and its rather hard to imagine the world covered in snow with sleighs, bells, roaring log fires, hot mulled wine and all the things one traditionally associates with this holiday.
The thought of a hot Christmas lunch with loads of food is hard to imagine - we'd rather have slices of mango and watermelon in the pool!
And a tall refreshing bottle of lemonade.
This year as part of my table setting, I'm using paper doilies as coasters and printing my guest's names on them.
Then for their juice bottles, I've been making a series of name/gift tags with a variety of our Christmas-themed buttons on them so that when someone puts their glass down to do a triple backward
flop somersault into the pool, they'll know which is their glass when they're done.
A glass-saver if you will…and I have the loveliest range of buttons to choose from…moose, snowmen, Santa, Christmas trees, puddings, candy canes, gingerbread men, stars, angels, snowflakes…its starting to feel a lot like Christmas around here after all!