TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge – Christmas

Christmas Tree
Only the finest plastic and optic fibres went into this tree. A collection of ornaments accumulated over the decades adorn this majestic fake fir.

Look Christmas Fir Tree

In vain for December snow

In Australia

It is that time of year again! Rather than a specific prompt object I thought I would go with a general title and let you select an object that epitomizes the season for you. If you do not celebrate Christmas then you might like to share another object related to your own traditional celebrations.

In Perth the average temperature around Christmas is 90 degrees or so. Snow is non-existent and these days most people spend the day around the pool (if they have one) or often go to the beach.

We will be having a brunch at our local beach and then back home for a cold lunch of ham, turkey and seafood.

We used to have a very traditional English style Christmas lunch when I was younger and I still remember feasting on roast turkey and vegetables, hot ham and lashings of gravy, the sweat running down our faces in an age without air-conditioning followed by a flaming Christmas pudding. These Christmases were wonderful but it seemed that Australia one day woke up and realized that it was actually boiling hot at Christmas and someone had the radical idea of eating prawns and crayfish instead and now everyone goes with whatever they fancy.

Best wishes to you during this season and thanks to those who joined in last week with the prompt. “Keyhole”

First in Lauzulitopia gives two haiku that will unlock a reader’s heart.

Like Mercury Colliding gives a dark perspective through the keyhole here

Edwina’s Episodes gives as a guide to finding a true treasure here

A key to the past from Elusive Trope this week.

Welcome to Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library for the first time with a golden haiku about unlocking treasures.

Tucked into a corner has again surpassed herself with 3 haiku keying into the theme.

Welcome to Lola who joins the challenge for the first time! Here haiku about unlocking the self is very good!

And Pat B went for three this week with a great assortment of gems.







  1. What a beautiful Christmas image and haiku. You poor things, having to spend Christmas at the beach or around the pool–I’m just a tad envious! We’ll likely have rain rather than snow, as it’s been so mild.
    Lovely prompt, of course!! And though I shall probably say it again, I wish you a most Happy Christmas–all the blessings of the season and New Year. xo, Jael

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    1. Sunday Morning here in Perth! Thanks for you lovely Christmas wishes and I hope you have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful new year too! Glad you liked the tree!


    1. Thanks so much! It is also weird that we all grew up with all the Christmas carols in the shops talking about white Christmases and Frosty the Snowman when none of us had ever seen snow. 🙂

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      1. Ha HA! It does seem funny now, the way you describe it. I don’t think I could have handled tucking into a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings in the blazing heat, you Aussies are made of strong stuff!

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      1. It’s the season to eat yummy things, once we’ve made an effort to provide for those less fortunate than ourselves. Tonight I made a “Boozy Eggnog Pumpkin Pie”–can’t wait to taste it! (Recipe calls for 1/3 cup of Bourbon, but I used Rum)

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          1. I am very interested to know how it tastes. Pumpkin pie is pretty much unknown in Australia. I have never actually tasted one.


          2. Oh you MUST have some pumpkin pie, TJ–it’s Wonderful!! I didn’t notice a lot of difference in the recipe with eggnog and rum…a bit richer texture, perhaps, due to the eggnog–but the rum was so subtle that I honestly couldn’t taste it. As the recipe had called for bourbon, maybe that would have been more obvious…I don’t know. But a “normal” pumpkin pie is easy–just the can of pumpkin, a can of evaporated milk, 2 eggs, sugar and spices. If you can get “Libby’s” canned pumpkin there, the recipe’s on the can. And of course, if you were here–I’d just make it for you myself 🙂

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          3. I will be looking out for the ingredients now and will find a recipe on the internet and let you know how it turned out. Or I could just travel to America for a sample…:)


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