I had a whiskey and a mince pie to celebrate baking the mince pies and the rose and almond shortbread.
In our house the children always leave a mince pie and a whiskey for Father Christmas.
My mother started this tradition in our family when I was about 8 and read in some book or other that we should leave biscuits and a glass of milk out for Santa. My mother decided Santa would like whiskey more than milk. Once I became a Santa I really appreciated her good sense. Whiskey is good at about 1 or 2 am when all the presents are finally wrapped and set out around the tree or at the foot of the children's beds.
I live in Ballarat, an old goldfields town, in the central west of Victoria, but southerly in relation to the world. I love Chinese architecture, the post-goldfields towns and countryside of central Victoria, and I love the practice and the art of history. This year I'm beginning a research project on Ballarat in the 1870s.