I was flying back from my quick trip to Sydney last week and was flicking through the inflight channels when, lo and behold, I found the Max channel was streaming some 1980s Christmas gold.
George Michael appeared giving his heart only to have it taken away.
And then the original BandAid song, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, came on. I may have got something in my eye.
I tell you, 29 years later that song still gets me.
The magnitude of it at the time.
There were no mobile phones or social media yet Bob Geldof managed to get all his music mates and their mullets (and about a gazillion cans of hairspray) together to sing and record a song that would raise money and highlight poverty in Africa in response to the famine that had struck Ethiopia, claiming more than 400,000 lives.
Bob’s been quoted in recent years that he thinks the song is rubbish. Sorry Bob, for me it’s one of those lasting Christmas memories.
It came out at the end of my Year 12 year as I was planning my next step in this game we call life. It made me think about the world beyond my little bubble.
This Christmas our family is also preparing for a new stage. It’s nine days until a removal truck pulls up at our door – bright and early on January 2 – to pick up all that we own and shift it down the road to Brisbane.
To the big smoke.
Mr SY had his last ever commute yesterday. And after five and a half years I’ve now got someone else around to help umpire the bickering and niggling in the mornings and evenings.
This evening we’ll have dinner together, tomorrow morning it will be a swim in the surf and breakfast at the beach before a very low-key Christmas lunch and afternoon where I have a nana nap already in my sights.
We’ve given ourselves a couple of days off before the packing begins. I’m more someone who likes to just get in and go hard for a couple of days straight than do bits and pieces and be surrounded for weeks by chaos.
In between cupboard clear-outs, I’m hoping to squeeze in some more beach time. I am armed and ready …
1. SunSoaked swim top $89.95 (a rashie that looks good and protects my shoulders!) | 2. La Roche-Posay SPF 50+ Anthelios XL spray sunscreen $32.95 (fragrance and paraben-free and light to apply) | 3. Nancy Ganz swimsuit $149.95 (to suck in all the prawns and champagne!)
And I’m actually hoping to sneak in some reading and relaxing time – HAH! – a girl’s got to dream!
1. One More Slip by Marion Von Adlerstein (Hachette Australia). If you loved The Freudian Slip, you’ve probably already read this. Think Mad Men but based in Sydney. | 2. Walking on Trampolines by Frances Whiting (Pan Macmillan Australia). I love Frances’ Sunday Mail column but her first novel has me falling in love all over again with her ability to tell a good story and create characters we immediately bond with. | 3. Papinelle Wisteria candle $30 (candles are a relaxation must for me and this scent is a beautifully light floral) | 4. Sodashi Crystalus Body Oil $53.90 (not only will your skin love you for this but the bush essences included will help relieve stress and clear emotional blockages)
Mostly, I plan to enjoy our final days together in this beautiful part of the world.
I hope wherever you are celebrating Christmas – or the holidays – that you get to enjoy the same.
I’ll be back on the blog Friday with a special Christmas edition of #everydaystyle – I can’t wait to see what everyone wears tomorrow. Make sure you share your photos with us – using the hashtag or have them ready to upload to the post on Friday.
* All of the products featured on this post were either sent to me as a Christmas gift or for editorial consideration. I’ve included them because I love them and thought you might too.