Christmas In AustraliaG’day everyone! Well, in less that 14 hours time it’s going to be Christmas day here in Australia.

For those ‘enjoying’ the snow throughout many countries in the Northern hemisphere, you’ll be interested to know that it’s forecast to be a not so chilly 36 Celsius here in Australia tomorrow.

We’ve got the ‘outlaws’ over from Sydney this Christmas so were looking forward to what will be the largest ‘family Christmas’ we’ve had in the three years that we’ve now been here. All we need to do now is work out how to cram 60 hours of defrosting time for the turkey into 24. I’m sure we’ll be OK :)

I know when we were in the UK planning our move to Australia we spent many years saying ‘just imagine what it’ll be like…. Christmas in Australia’. I can concur that it is the most wonderful place to spend Christmas and the sweat, tears, frustrations and almost endless waiting really were worth it.

I know for many of you reading this, 2009 will have turned out to be a very frustrating year. We’ve been through the worst economic financial crisis of modern times and the Australian immigration department has moved the goal posts so frequently in recent months it’s been hard to keep track.

Please just know this though. Time ticks on, visas get processed and dreams do come true. This time next year there’s a good chance that you won’t need to ‘just imagine’. You’ll be here, down under, living out that dream.

In closing, let me take this opportunity to wish you, your families and loved ones a very safe and fun packed holiday season. I’ll be sure to throw a few proverbial shrimps on the BBQ for you! Once I’ve bought and wrapped the wife’s Christmas present anyway! ;-)

All the best

Regards

Mark