12 Days of Christmas, Day 2 – Dee White

The first Aussie appearing this year for the 12 Days of Christmas is a Victorian friend and terrific author Dee White. Dee lives the Macedon Ranges, Victoria (a gorgeous part of the world) and today, the second day of the Boxing Day test, I know she will be keeping track of the cricket.

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My mother was English and cricket was always a big part of our life when we were growing up. When England played Australia in the Boxing Day test, the barracking became quite fierce. In the lead up there was always the Christmas Day family cricket match.

We lived in the country so we had a ‘big’ backyard, which meant that very few house windows were broken, although many cricket balls got lost in the orchard. Amateur cricketers didn’t use pads or helmets back then and my older brother was a fast bowler so we all developed quick reflexes – it was hit or be hit.  My father is Austrian so he’s more of a snow skier than a cricketer, but he has always been a good sport about the Christmas day cricket, even if he did accidentally run through the wickets at the bowlers end one day.

Dog, goat, parents, me, my sister, my two brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins; everyone joined in the Christmas day cricket. The score was never important. It was all about having fun…and moving about after an excessive Christmas lunch

The Christmas day cricket game has continued through the generations, and today my kids and their aunties, uncles, grandparents etc all join in. Our dog, Puff has also been raised in the Christmas day cricket match tradition and she is a handy fielder. She’s great at catching in ‘slips’, although she’s not quite up with the fielding positions and sometimes stands on the pitch to wait for the ball, so she can catch it before it gets to the person batting.

Christmas day in Australia can be very hot, and Puff runs around more than anyone, but refuses to stop for a drink in case she misses some of the action. When she gets too thirsty, she grabs the cricket ball, runs off with it and hides it in the long grass so the game has to stop while she has a drink. Afterwards, she finds the ball for us so we can resume play.

I can’t imagine Christmas without cricket in our household.

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Visit Dee’s website and blog and she also has a website for kids Writing Classes for Kids which does exactly what the name says. Check them out. She is an obsessive animal, book and cricket lover whose children’s and YA books include Letters to Leonardo, Hope for Hanna and Harry’s Goldfield Adventure. Her 2011 highlight was attending the SCBWI LA conference where she met amazing people and learnt a mind-boggling amount about writing and publishing.

2 Responses to 12 Days of Christmas, Day 2 – Dee White

  1. What a perfect way to spend Boxing Day and run off all those extra kilo’s. Thank you for giving us a peek into the life of a fabulous writer.
    Best wishes to both of you, Chris and Dee!
    -Mina

    minawitteman December 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm Reply
  2. Thanks for inviting me to visit your blog, Chris.

    And Mina, it’s lovely to see you here. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too.

    Dee

    deescribewriting December 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm Reply

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