my vintage bookshelf @ Christmas time
*Christmas at Longtime* by Hesba Brinsmead
I discovered the Longtime series about 21 years ago when someone lent me a copy of *Longtime Passing* funnily enough this author grew up in the same area that I did. There are three books in the Longtime series and they are all about her life in the area.
Christmas at Longtime tells of traditions at Christmas time in the hot australian bush. Food they ate, presents they gave and traditions that were held dear .
"It is about a Christmas long ago, a Christmas of heat and light, flowers and long dusks, a family reunited, a picnic dinner on a patched white damask cloth, under trees dressed in summer green. It is about a simpler time, before the war to end wars, in a vanished corner of Australia and about a father who gives his youngest child a gift she will never forget"
All written in a way that really makes you feel like you have experienced the whole thing with her - if you can get a copy, I can thoroughly recommend it * I am fairly sure it is out of print now *