It’s a Funny Time, Christmas in Byron Bay

Christmas in Byron Bay
Some of the lovely weirdos I spent Christmas with. Left to right: my brother Ken, mum and Taj

It’s a funny time, Christmas in Byron Bay.

On one side, I’ve got neighbours who despise any mention of Santa Claus, while on the other, at my in-laws, we’re given enough food and presents for at least double the size of our party. Indulgence hits the extreme and Byron Bay swings into full commercial, every man for himself mode.

Inside, televisions are relaying the popular conception of a white Christmas – with frosted bells jingling, snowmen, pine trees and warm hearths – while outside, it’s just bloody hot. The dry bushland throbs with cicadas, people are wearing Santa hats with board shorts and families are playing backyard cricket.

I made a few good catches yesterday and proved, for an ageing dad, I’ve still got it (sort of). I also borrowed my mum again this year from my second home in White Gum Valley, Western Australia. However, this time she came with one of my four brothers, who I managed to drag down to the back of Broken Head at the day’s end.

Christmas in Byron Bay
About to have a late swim on Christmas day – the back of Broken Head, NSW

I led the way, barefoot across a cliff face, waving at a couple of friendly girls relaxing on a grassy headland before descending to the beach. Pandanus palms stood in front of a patch of pebbles, which gave way to smooth sand – now tinged with soft light – a sea frothing with shades of white, green and blue, and a pinkish sky.

The sea was warm and I laughed with my brother, who I don’t see very often. It was another reminder of how much I have in my life and that my family (me included) is still a bit odd.

I know it’s a funny time of year for many. Wherever you are, I hope you have enough food, shelter and maybe, if you’re really lucky, a beach like I do.

A safe and happy festive season to you and yours.

2 thoughts on “It’s a Funny Time, Christmas in Byron Bay”

  1. Who wants a ‘normal’ family?? How dull would that be?!?! Broken Head Beach is one of my favourites up your way. For Christmas day it looks a bit deserted – I don’t think I’ve EVER seen it with so few people!! Have an awesome New Year – I look forward to seeing where 2015 takes you!

    • It’s at the back of Broken Red, in between King’s Beach (the gay beach) and Broken Head. Most people don’t bother to walk down there.

      Happy New Year to you too Red! Hope you have loads of blinders on your blog in the coming year 🙂


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