The colours have faded in the photo but the sofa the mums are sitting on was part of a lounge suite we had bought on hire purchase in 1974 to replace our first lounge which was an old secondhand 'converter lounge/sofa bed we had bought for a few dollars before we moved in in January 1972. Our new lounge was peacock blue and black vinyl; the 2 chairs were swivel based and we just thought the suite was the 'ants pants'! Lol. The crocheted rug draped over the back of the sofa had been a gift to me in 1970 or 71 from my future mother in law who had crocheted it from oddments/scraps of wool.
We couldn't afford to replace the threadbare carpet square in the lounge room so we had bought a circular shag pile rug in peacock blue to sort of disguise the carpet's bare patches, but it doesn't really show up in the photo because the colours in the pic have faded over the years.
In the photo in the left foreground you can see our 'evaporative cooler'...very trendy then and like a 'poor man's aircon. It worked by filling a tank with water and then the fans in the unit blew through this tank of water and this was supposed to blow out cool air...wasn't that great but again, we thought we were pretty 'flash' having one! Lol
Now I have no memory of what my mum had unwrapped that morning but we had given my mother in law a blender...you might think that wasn't much of a gift, but Elsie loved it. She and my mother had been army cooks in the war, but unlike my mum, Elsie loved to cook. She was staying with us for the 6 weeks of my school holidays and I can remember she cooked just about everything that was in the little recipe booklet that came in the blender's packaging!
So there you are, some memories of Christmas 1975 BC...Before Children ! :-)
Now earlier in this post I wrote about an old sofa bed lounge that my first husband and I had when we were first married. I realised I had a photo of that old lounge...well 2 photos actually...these were taken a lifetime ago...well so it seems! Lol