It’s that time of year again: drunken work Christmas parties, little actual work; holidays to the great outdoors to hike and camp, holidays to the couch to watch day after day of test cricket; agonising decisions over whether to buy your brother-in-law the 17cm granite mortar and pestle or the 15cm marble one for Christmas, snap decision to buy your brother-in-law a slab of VB instead of Carlton Draught at the bottle-o for Christmas.
There are many ways to spend your festive season, but two things that will invariably be a part of it are BBQs and Christmas trees. At first glance, the two don’t seem related, but they actually have a lot more in common than you may think:
They are both gathered around by family and friends;
- The things that are contributed to them (i.e. meat and gifts) are then distributed among loved ones;
- Just about every Aussie home has one;
- They both bring joy to many Australians;
- They are both associated with our favourite seasons: the festive season and summer;
- They are both great excuses to indulge in our favourite drop;
- Most importantly, they are both associated with the things for which we should be most thankful: good food and loved ones.
So this festive season, whether gathering around the Christmas tree inside, or the BBQ outside, remember to be thankful for all that we have. Remember how lucky we are to be pulling a steak off the grill or a gift from under the tree because so many people around the world do not have the opportunity to do either.
Remember to reflect on the year that was, good or bad, and look forward to the year ahead with hope and optimism.
Most of all, remember to be thankful for the friends and family that we have; for just like the meat on our barbies, or the decorations on our Christmas tree, they add the flavour, light and colour to our lives.
All BBQs would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!