Restaurant staff create party atmosphere for Probus club
WHILE the Northern Hemisphere celebrates Christmas in December amidst snow, log fires, roasting chestnuts and mistletoe, it's a growing tradition in Australia to celebrate Christmas in July when the weather is cooler and more conducive to the enjoyment of turkey, plum pudding and mince pies.
Many families hold their own Christmas in July where they can cook up a storm without worrying about an overheated kitchen - a great excuse for a family gathering.
However, lots of restaurants offer Christmas fare in July, complete with decorations, Christmas trees and even Santa Claus.
The Probus Club of Pumicestone Passage recently celebrated the occasion at the River Deck Restaurant in Tewantin.
Staff had gone all out to create a party atmosphere for groups who were dining on the day.
Apart from the traditional lunch of turkey and ham followed by Christmas pudding, the emcee had organised a program of entertainment which kept the party atmosphere rolling from go to whoa.
Diners sang Christmas carols, danced the hokey pokey and "volunteers", despite some creaky hips, gave their version of the chicken dance - all to live music.
After distributing presents to all of the diners, to the joy of everyone, Santa danced energetically to the music - no creaky hips there!
Costumed staff farewelled the packed restaurant and wished all a merry Christmas. What a fun day.
- The Probus Club of Pumicestone Passage meets on the second Tuesday each month at Bribie Island RSL at 9.15am for a 9.30am start
- For more information, phone Gerry on 3408 1634 or Margaret on 3408 4540