Instead of making yourself feel even more of a dysfunctional freak by watching Brady Bunch style Christmas movies that are all sugar coated, try watching a couple of these socially realistic movies. While you are opting out remind yourself that not everyone is really functioning perfectly. The characters in these classic 'Ozzie' movies are way more fun than all those 'rellies' with perfect lives.
blitzed overseas box offices. It caused a near riot at the Cannes Film
Festival. It won an Academy Award. Itís fun, daring, over-the-top and
unforgettable. Itís a road movie with attitude and the occasional frock.
Three drag queens hit the road in a pink bus called Priscilla and head
for Alice Springs to perform a cabaret show unlike anything the locals
have seen before. The soundtrack features Abba, Gloria Gaynor and the
Storm Boy was a popular children's film, based on the novel by Colin Theile, about a boy's friendship with a wild pelican and explores the right and wrong attitudes to the wilderness. The cast was led by Greg Rowe, 11 years old and previously untrained in acting. David Gulpilil played a supporting role as an Aboriginal youth who camps in the wildlife sanctuary and teaches 'Storm Boy' about the land, the sea and the Aboriginal people.
Bush Christmas: In this fine family adventure, a small group of brave children venture across the wild Australian bush pursuing horse thieves, while a search party looks for them.
'The Return of the King' is showing in Melbourne Cinemas now
Slip into the comfort of a good cinema chair, with a bag of especially selected sweets that you have bought cheaply elsewhere, and enjoy something made in New Zealand.
Over the weekend, when I escaped the growing frenzy that surrounds Christmas by retreating to the beach, my friend shared that her local church is running a service for people who do not feel that they have many reasons to feel merry this Christmas.
To acknowledge that not everyone is feeling incredibly merry is very important at this time of the year. It is hard enough to be burdened with the worries of the world, without being made to feel a misfit because you do not happen to feel incredibly happy.
Comforters! That is what you need when the world is merry and you are not!
Make a Home Cooked Meal to Share
But, perhaps the best part of all was the authentic, real conversation about this not so perfect world of ours. It can be very therapeutic to be with someone wearing similar glasses to yourself, who knows all too well the space that you are in.
Mars Bar Slice.
3 oz butter
Chop mars bars into slices and melt with butter. Stir in
rice bubbles and press into dish.
Source: Belinda Parker.
Dress the Part
Rediscover Game Boards
There are any number of games out there and, if all your friends are out of town, you can always play online. Scrabble is one of our favourites although over the weekend it very nearly ended in tears when my beloved husband helped my friend beat me.
Comforting Retail Therapy
Take to your bed
When the world is getting me down and I really do not want to see anyone I quite literally take to my bed and hide under the doona. Sometimes this is the safest place to be. I confess that I do pop up from out of my hiding hole to eat another chocolate or read a good book. The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency is currently taking me away from the world. Botswana sounds like the perfect place to be. After reading this enchanting series it is very high on 'my must visit places'.