Celebrate the Holidays in… Sydney with Cultiver

Are you ready for our last “Celebrate the Holiday in” post? It’s sad to see the holiday season coming to an end but I’m very excited about the possibilities to come in 2013. Are you? Well, it’s not quite over yet, and right now we’re back where we started… in Sydney! Sydney has so many fabulous bloggers, obviously we couldn’t have just one! This series started with Jaclyn of Little Paper Trees, and now we are in Nic’s Sydney. Nic’s blog Cultiver is truly unique. On her blog she shares with us how to cultivate many things, our home, mind, palate, you life! It’s interesting to see a city’s holiday traditions from two different people. Take a look at Nic’s Sydney. Please show her some love, comment here and visit her blog!

Where do you live?
I live in Sydney, Australia.

What is your blog about?

My blog is all about cultivating the good life: food, decor, fashion and inspiration.

What do you love about your city?

Sydney is a sunny, easy place to live. I love being near water, so having the beaches and harbour close is a big plus for me, and the city is big and diverse enough to offer a decent cultural scene in addition to the outdoors lifestyle.

What is your favorite holiday site in your town?

The fireworks on Sydney Harbour on NYE are spectacular, and the beach. Given our holidays are in the middle of summer, with temps around 30C (86F), a swim before or after Christmas lunch is common!

What is your must have holiday food in your town and where is it from?

If I had to pick one food it would be prawns (shrimp)! Seafood is plentiful over the holidays and perfect for a festive meal in the hot climate. We have a family tradition of heading to the Sydney fish markets early on Christmas eve morning, along with thousands of other Sydney-siders, to buy supplies for our dinner and Christmas lunch. The SFM trades continuously over 72 hours leading up to Christmas and sells close to 200 tonnes of prawns in that time!

What is your must have holiday beverage in your town and where is it from?

Like most places, there is plenty of celebratory champagne. Summery cocktails rather than eggnog and mulled wine are the order of the day during our hot Christmas.

What is your favorite spot for a night out during the holidays?

There is always lots going on around the harbour during the holidays, from the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race to the NYE fireworks, so one of the harbourside parks with a view for a sunset picnic is a good option.

What is your city’s unique holiday tradition?

A funny tradition is for British and other tourists who are in Sydney over the holidays to celebrate on Bondi beach – a very different setting to what they are used to! A bit of a headache for the lifesavers though keeping track of tens of thousands of jolly swimmers.

What is your goal for the New Year?

Going into year end I’m feeling bit frazzled after starting a business in 2011,  so my goal for the new year is working on being present and more mindfulness as a way of staying calm and happy, and enjoying time with my family without thinking about work (ie. look at my phone less!)

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