3 Kookaburras Laughing.

On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, three kookaburras laughing, two pink galahs and  an emu up a gum tree.


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Don’t you feel smug when you’ve purchased all your Christmas presents, and they are sitting nestled under the tree.?

It always reminds me of when the kids were little.

I remember the physical exhaustion and mental stress.

Most Christmases would find us traveling from Adelaide to Tasmania on the overnight ferry. It meant packing the clothes for a mini army, making sure the presents were stashed away from the sticky finger and prying eyes of the troops.
Pre- travel, it was a game each year to see who could find the presents… and it was no mean feat hiding presents for 13+
Forget under the bed, in the wardrobe or even the garage…. often it was a locked cellar, the ceiling cavity or even the friends and neighbors houses….
But then again, their kids would dob….

But the day itself was always magic. We have lots of footage of our bambinos receiving their presents.

I was an ironing nut for about 30 years…. Well I am still, but I only do my own mainly… everything was neat and folded to go in the suitcases…. 4 pairs of red undies for Darrin, 4 pairs of black undies for Jamie….etc, etc…..Each person had two or three pairs of shoes…4 shirts, 4 pairs of jeans, a couple of sweaters and pajamas…!!!!
Our darn bus was just loaded with almost 40 pairs of shoes……!!!!!!and need I say I was/am still fussy about them being clean and shiny….
When I think back at the amount of energy it took and the amount of work I had to do, my daily output now pales into insignificance.
But Christmas is a magic time and now the Bambinos are in their  30’s and  40’s… they still love Christmas at home.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. glendajean says:

    Many thanks for the pattern Pam, my mind boggles at trying to find 40 shoes to put on each day in Tassie LOL. You must have been a great parents though as they still want to come home for Xmas and all through out the year!!!!! wishing you lots of fun and joy over the next couple of weeks Pam Glenda FNQLD

    1. Pam Holland says:

      To be really honest Glenda, I don’t know how I did it… it just happened. The washing was a bit much and I must admit I don’t cook too much these days if I can help it.

  2. Wendy in Kennewick says:

    Thank you for sharing your amazing life and these delightful patterns! It would be a treat to share the holidays with small children just to experience it thru their eyes and bring back the wonder of the season.

  3. Love the sound of Kookaburras … the hospital where I was born had gum trees around it, almost looked like it was in the bush, and those trees were the home of a family of kookaburras. Love them!

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