Share Your World 2018: 10 December

Sharing My World This Week

What’s the worst topping you could put on popcorn?   (Credit to Teresa for this one)

 It had never occurred to me that you needed to put a topping on popcorn. It has butter, what else could it need? Mind you I haven’t had any for years. I love it but it would be wasteful to make it for one person.

In what country did Silent Night originate?

We were entertained with Christmas Carols.

Without cheating and consulting Mr Google I believe that it is German, certainly it was originally sung in that language.

I did not read your answers Mel until afterwards so I know what I should have said now. Long time since I read the story about it but I do love the one about the British and German troops singing it in the trenches in WWI.

(WARNING! The following question is NOT meant to start a fuss.  It’s merely a good discussion question in my opinion.  Most everyone knows where I stand on this. If you feel like arguing about it, please give it a pass.) We’re all adults and sensible ones at that.  We can be mature about such things, right?

How would you react if there was irrefutable proof that God doesn’t exist? How about if there was irrefutable proof that God does exist?

Wow, that is a very deep question and I’m afraid that my first reaction was to think of “The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy” in particular the part about the Babel Fish. I’m not  ridiculing the subject it was just the first thing that popped into my head. 

In truth I’m not really religious although I have respect for those who are, and I don’t know that it would make a huge difference to me either way. I can’t see myself living out my remaining years differently. I guess that I believe that God exists but I don’t require proof.

And last question:

What is the scariest non-banned item you could take on to a plane?

I am not really sure what is banned and what isn’t these days. I probably fly less than once a year.  On a flight home from Singapore Naomi was not allowed to bring a tube of toothpaste. I would not have said that was a particularly dangerous item. I’m pretty sure we can take it on domestic flights. I think a knitting needle would be a more dangerous item and I believe they were banned for a while but not sure about now as we have relaxed the rules a bit.



Which version of the holiday celebration do you and your family enjoy?  By this I mean do you follow Jewish traditions with Hanukkah; Christian celebrations with Christmas and (for those over the pond) Boxing Day; or some other festivities that I’ve overlooked?   Please do share with everyone!  I truly feel that this sort of question lets us know a little more about our fellow bloggers without getting too personal (i.e. revealing too much of private lives, which some folks prefer to keep private.)

Christmas tree in the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney December 2012


We celebrate Christmas although as I have mentioned neither my sister nor I are particularly religious. As I think I mentioned in a previous post I do enjoy Christmas Carols, the old traditional ones like “Silent Night” as opposed to Christmas songs although they can be fun in the right place. My idea of Christmas is about family(including pets), friends and trying to do a bit of good in the world because there are always people worse off than you are; at least if you live in a first world country and have any income at all. Some of my Christmas gifts to family members that are better off than I am may be donations to organisations that protect animals or supply people in less well-off countries the means to make an income or have clean water. I think that is important.

The Christmas Story

Boxing Day is a public holiday in Australia too although I think this is more a carryover from our British heritage than because we really understand what it was originally for.  In Australia Boxing Day means barbecues, the beach for some, eating left over Christmas food while watching the cricket on television, or going to the MCG to see it live if you happen to live in Melbourne.

Our guide points out features of the ground.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. I believe there is a movie about the fact that British and German troops sung Christmas songs and getting out of the trenches. Always wanted to watch the movie. Can’t remember the name but saw some bits of it on YouTube. Not sure if Silent Night originates from Germany, but I know we call it “Stille Nacht”. As a kid I liked Christmas time in school, we sang those songs together with the teacher. We all were allowed to have a candle on our table. And I remember how I liked to play and shape the melting candle wax 😀 We also made things for our family, like paintings or cutting paper and making Christmas figures. Such a peaceful time, not having to worry about things like now during adulthood.

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    • I remembered that the song was originally written in German and Mel’s hint in her own answers suggests to me that it came from Austria. I did read the story long ago, probably in Readers Digest, but forgot the details. I am sure you are right about the film but I don’t remember the name of it either. It is a beautiful time of year whether you are a religious person or not.

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      • Exactly. I am also not religious but I said that often. I think religion and tradition go hand in hand for some people who believe, which is fine, but for me it’s only a tradition, a beautiful one.

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