Flashback Friday : First Family Xmas




As two expats, our Xmas celebrations had always involved fellow festive orphans and the beach and a full roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings and far too much alcohol.

The Xmas I was pregnant with Puggle, who later became our Boyo, was one of the hottest on record.  Not good at 6 months pregnant with the oven and barbecue blasting all day long.  We spent the day with friends-who-are-family, which was their last Xmas before they moved back to old Blighty.

The following year, with a baby Boyo in tow, we decided to head off for a destination Xmas.  We went to Tasmania, where we spent some time exploring Hobart, then headed off to Moorilla Estate to stay in their gorgeous new accommodation.  Very modern and gorgeous with lots of levels and glass and open staircases and bloody terrifying with an about-to-walk-any-minute-now 8 month old baby Boyo. He’d already been cruising the furniture for about 6 weeks!



Next stop was Cradle Mountain Lodge for our first family Xmas.  It was absolutely freezing and we actually got snow!  In Australia.  In December.  It was on Boxing Day and only for a few moments, but was oh so magical.

I had carried a special jar of organic baby food for Boyo all the way from Sydney for his Xmas dinner.  Turns out he wasn’t a fan.  He projectile vomited a stream of partially digested ham and carrots all over the very glamorous Xmas lunch dinner restaurant.  Oops.

We next spent a few days in Launceston, that most pretty of cities.



Yes, there really are three Santa photos.  On three separate occasions, which means three separate queues.  With three extremely dodgy looking Santas.  How hard is it to look at the camera, dude? And I don’t mean my baby!

How did you spend your first Xmas as a family?




  • Vanessa Connor - 22 March 2013 - 11.02 am

    Gorgeous photos. Your son is so cute! I love Tassie, I’ve been there twice and would love to go there again. Our first Christmas was just a quiet one at home, which I prefer.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 22 March 2013 - 1.22 pm

      He is a bit cute and he’s still got some of the cheekage. We have Xmas now with just the three of us at home for the day and we love it!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - 22 March 2013 - 10.43 am

    Love the photos of you and Boyo! You looked so relaxed. Sounds like a great family time, even if some of the accomodation wasn’t family friendly and you had to deal with projectile vomit and non-complying Santas! Our first Christmas as a family was the usual combination of too much food and family. I remember sitting in our home with Christmas hats on taking photos of little Thomas with his gifts. Think we taped it and read out messages from Santa lol. He was only 4 months old so pretty oblivious to everything going on! Thanks for linking up xxReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 22 March 2013 - 1.22 pm

      Oh, I’d forgotten about that series of photos until I found them this morning. Thank you Flashback Friday! xReplyCancel

  • Ana - 22 March 2013 - 8.17 am

    Beautiful photos. I would love to visit Tasmania, sounds beautiful.ReplyCancel

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