Our office closed and the end of the day on December 23 and we are on break until January 10. It is just like being in college again and I love it!! People here are amazed when I tell them that at home we only get one day off for Christmas and one day off for New Years. Before you get too jealous - I should say that of our 11 days of holidays during this time only 3 of them are public holidays. The remaining 8 days we have to take as vacation. But we get more vacation here than at home. And I am not complaining about being required to take two weeks off.
On Christmas Eve Kelly and I went to the Christmas Eve service at St. Francis in the city. The service was at 6 in the evening and the city still looked so busy with shoppers and tourist that we didn't think there would be anyone at church. We were wrong!!! We arrive about 10 minutes before church started and already there was nowhere to sit. There were people lined up down each of the side aisles almost all the way to the front of the church. We were originally standing in the aisle until a few people made additional room and we each got to sit - just not together. The service was not but did not even come close to competing with the candlelight service at the Prairie City CoB!!!
After church we met up Verena, Valerie, Steph, Graham, Nase, and Thurai for dinner. We had no idea where to go for dinner as there were many places that were closed for Christmas Eve or they were already full. We decided on Borsari, an Italian restaurant on Lygon St. It was delicious. I would highly recommend the fettucine pappone to anyone in the Melbourne area looking for a good Italian meal in the city.
After dinner we went to Madame Brussels - a bar we had tried to go to earlier in the week for our Secret Santa gift exchange but it was too busy Kelly and I got in the festive mood and surprised everyone with our Santa hat and reindeer antlers that we had found at the South Melbourne market. The bar closed not long after we arrived so we headed to The Elephant and the Wheelbarrow for some live music and a little dancing.
|Kelly, Steph and I at the Elephant and the Wheelbarrow|
|Our Christmas Feast|
|Our 2010 Christmas family|
|Val and Kelly pulling their Christmas cracker|
We had really good seats and after lunch when the sun came out it was actually pretty enjoyable. I think we got more excited about doing the wave and watching trash blow onto the field than we did about the actual game (okay, maybe that was just Bre and I).
|Kelly's favorite player Mitchell Johnson (don't you love the sweater vests)|