In the States, Christmas Eve was a big family day. Without family here, we were a bit sad and lost last year, so we opted to start a new tradition... a family trip to the movies! We enjoyed that even again this year.
On Christmas Eve evening, we gathered with some friends for a 'picnic' dinner, carols, and some reflection. It was a beautiful time. Wonderfully casual with focus on community and love.
the kids with a friend and some Christmas bush!
a sweet friend brought me this bunch of Christmas bush flowers!
until then, I didn't know they excited.
S and some mates
B having some fun and silliness
Christmas day, we woke up (I'm still telling the kids a 'wait till' time... of course it used to sound different... wait till 7 is the first number before you get up... now they tell time...) and enjoyed time as a family. It's nice that some things don't change. It was beautiful seeing the kids so thoughtful and caring with their gifts. :-) Then we Skyped with some family. I am so thankful for Skype!
our little tree
the tree skirt was a 'ham bag' that I got as a gift from work. ;-)
After a bit, we joined some friends at their family Christmas dinner/lunch. What an amazing meal!! There were traditional roast meats (but served cold, it was a hot summer day after all), chicken, pork and lamb. Plus, the very Aussie, fresh, peel-your-own prawn (large shrimp). But the star of the meal were the numerous salads. Unbelievable!! yummy spinach, roast pumpkin and other goodies salad; chicken, walnut and grape salad; green bean, sweet potato salad just to name a few. Oh my!!
After some visiting, clearing dishes, playing for the kids, the desserts came out!! Wow! Traditional pavlova, trifle, and Christmas pudding/cake. Better than the food though, was sharing the day with several generations of a fabulous family!
enjoying the fellowship and fun
all three desserts
Christmas cake, pavlova, and trifle
And we weren't done yet!!
We stopped home for a bit of a refresher, grab some drinks, and 'goodies', then we were off again... over to our friends, the Tylers. The invited us to join them for a Christmas barbecue last year and we were welcomed there again. Looks like another new tradition. The kids got to enjoy a couple of the Tyler Chrissie pressies... a slip-n-slide (I did say it was a hot day), a trampoline, and giant Nurf guns! We had more good fun with great folks and yummy food.
hangin' out with friends
a repeat crowd from last year! :-)
my Shawn's shirt was a gift from his son
it reads, "Dads Against Daughters Dating"
D getting in on the fun...
he was a bit long for the slide, but enjoyed it anyway!
B after a good ride
she could aim the distance perfectly
even time for a bit of "gridiron"
D's big present this year.
B enjoying the trampoline
with some squirt guns.
the Nurf guns came out
and no one was safe!
Lots of food, friends, and fun. Plus some family thanks to Skype!