I highly recommend taking off on the weekend before Christmas. It stops you from doing housework, hitting the overcrowded shops (again) and adding to an already decorated house!
We headed up to Bendigo for the lovely Jazy's daughter's 18th. we stopped and looked at some houses for sale on the way, enjoyed a Christmas BBQ and stayed in a wonderful B&B. The birthday lunch was at this cool little cafe in Bendigo. Good times!