Summer has finally arrived.
Families across the Illawarra are opening presents, laughing with loved ones, playing backyard cricket and gearing up to fill their bellies.
The Mercury is compiling a photo gallery of our readers celebrating the festivities and enjoying the summer.
The Mercury wishes everyone a safe and happy festive season.
Merry Christmas to all! pic.twitter.com/6ypvwuoK84— Collegians JRLFC (@CollegiansJRLFC) December 25, 2013
MERRY CHRISTMAS! St John is treating Santa Claus for exhaustion after he visited 640 million homes last night... pic.twitter.com/PIh2G3YQI8— St John (NSW) (@stjohnnsw) December 25, 2013