This is the yearly bonus open thread for Christmas chat, for Hoydens and Hoydenizens who are interested. We mark the occasion with some Australian Christmas desserts photographed by Yabby. Feel free to talk services, observances, decorations, rushing, shopping, gifts, surprises, feasting and family traditions heart-warming and otherwise. All observers of Christmas welcome if you want to chat, religious, non-religious, and observers in the sense of watching it without participating.
If anyone making other seasonal observances wants to join the thread, please do.
Once the dedicated Xmas thread goes up each year, we generally ask that the Otterday threads become Xmas-free. Xmas chat should stay here or on another on-topic thread; visit today’s Otterday thread for other chat!