Although the weather was hot during the day, it had cooled down considerably by the time we were at the park, looking for a good spot to set up camp. Teresa picked us up dinner from the local Lebanese takeout place. They were turkish bread stuffed with lamb mince or cheese and salami. Yum! As Marissa described them, rather like a Lebanese version of the calzone.
We rather disappointed that instead of being in the style of 'Carols in the Domain', it was actually much more like a school assembly. The kids were gorgeous to watch for the first half hour or so, but then they had a community choir who sang several songs which weren't the traditional carols. Everyone was getting bored and as I sat there watching, I realised we were in the centre of a field of chaos. Children were running around everywhere, waving little plastic candles with a battery operated flame, light sabres, and glow sticks. Parents were lazing back in their fold-up chairs with a glass of wine or beer. It was a rather Aussie scene. We enjoyed the sunshine, the fresh air and the few songs we were able to sing along to.
One of the funniest moments of the night was when Santa made his way to the stage. He was accompanied by an entourage or about fifty kids. Some were in a band, playing their intruments. Some were school kids just running alongside. They walked to the stage from somewhere on the left, probably a fifty metre walk in all, but when Santa got to the stage, he tripped over as he clambered up the steps, and then sounded like he was about to pass out from over exertion from the walk. Marissa and I lost it laughing but I don't think the kids noticed.
Back at Marissa's, we all enjoyed some Chocolate Mud Cake and warm Egg Nog.
I stayed to give Teresa a hand with making Kristian's birthday cake. He turned four!