Xmas is where mum is

AS Christmas approaches people across the globe are travelling great distances to reunite with loved ones but few have come as far as Jenny Brown.

Ms Brown travelled from England to spend Christmas with her friend Pam Purton-Long.

She was greeted enthusiastically by her friend of more than 20 years at Rockhampton Airport before travelling to Ms Purton-Long's Yeppoon home.

There, another very special reunion took place as she saw her son Ben, 21, who has been travelling around Asia, for the first time in months.

"She couldn't bear the idea of Ben spending Christmas alone so she brought Christmas to him,'' Ms Purton-Long said.

Ms Brown and Ms Purton-Long have stayed in regular contact since meeting while the pair were working as teachers in Papua New Guinea in 1983.

"There are so few ex-pats there so you got along with everyone and fortunately she turned out to be a fantastic person as well,'' Ms Purton-long said.

Ms Purton-Long, who also originates from England, said having her friend here would make Christmas even more special.

"Every Christmas my heart goes back to England so hopefully she will bring a bit of England with her.''

However, she said she would be putting all nostaglic thoughts to the side when it came to Christmas dinner.

"I'm planning a classic Aussie Christmas ... We'll have prawns on the barbie, lots of ice cream, mango's and lychee's and of course Australian wine.

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