Just four days to go to christmas and I still have lots of shopping to do. My purse is very stressed and will take a while to recover. I'm used to a cold Christmas with frost and perhaps some snow, dark nights by the fire and children singing carols at the front door. We've been in sunny Australia now for eighteen years and it still doesn't feel like Christmas in the heat. Mind I don't complain about the holiday in the days after Christmas day. This year we will be sat on Mt Martha beach watching our little grandson playing in the sand. He has come from a very chilly London to spend the holiday with us.