Rather than cram it into the pre-Christmas crowdedness, a few friends and I met today for our annual picnic. When 36 deg was forecast, we revised our meeting time earlier.
It was delightful, and cool under the trees, although we enjoyed the bright day.The only other people we saw were a couple rehearsing their wedding vows with their celebrant and - as we were leaving - park employee on the mowing tractor.
I'm recommending it to my family as the site for our next family picnic. It was also much easier to find a park than at the Botanic Gardens, our normal gathering spot.