EACH November and December I snap up all the home magazine Christmas releases. I soak up each ... || Australian Home Journal December 1949 || The Home An Australian Quarterly December 1921
EACH November and December I snap up all the home magazine Christmas releases. I soak up each title's carefully styled feature pages for the season and delight in seeing how design and fashions are reimagined into Christmas decor. I marvel at how each magazine crafts pages true to the idiosyncrasies of its title, yet taps into the Australian Christmas we all know and enjoy. I wonder at how those in cooler climes, with all the trimmings of a 'traditional' Christmas, would view these pages filled with bleached light, bare skin and tables laden with raw foods and fruits or chargrilled temptations still salty from the sea.
My magazines are clipped and pinned, new recipes are being tried, and yet, on the day, the favourites will win out. A Christmas tree littered with family memories, the Margaret Fulton pav, the platters of fresh cut fruit, the cheese log and spinach dip. There'll be a specially chosen frock, a bag packed ready to take to the beach and the camera will - as it always does - sit ready and untouched as hands are held out for food, to hold a hand, give a gift or receive one and, at some point, wash up.
It seems some things, the good things, don't change.
How are your Christmas plans coming along?

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  1. That second cover - awesome! My Christmas plans are all over the place - presents, not really on top of that, but Christmas trees we have in abundance! Because we pinch ours from the railway tracks we went a bit overboard. And got one for every room in the house. Although we've given a few away to envious visitors - nothing like packing someone off with a tree to take home when they just popped over for a glass of wine!

    1. A Christmas tree in every room? Goodness. My mind goes to all the putting away of decorations and dragging all those trees out for the council's green waste pick up. You're a brave, brave woman.

  2. We don't have any decorations, just trees! And then at the end the trees go into the yard to dry out, then pine needles go on the strawberry or blueberry plants (which like them for soil acidity) and the rest is eventually used as kindling.