|What we started with...|
|...what we ended up with...|
|Annie and her favourite new toy|
|James and his favourite new toy!|
For the first time in my life, Jess, Grace and I were allowed to stay up for the entire carols which ended at just past 11:00 pm. We were very tired and I had a horrible headache, but it was really special to see it all the way through.
Christmas morning began at 6:00. It had to if we were going to make it to church at 8:00. (We are "open presents first" people.) It took a while to get everyone up, but finally we were all gathered in the lounge room. As tradition demands, we kids started with our Christmas stockings. We don't do Santa, but Mum and Dad use the Christmas stockings for the little things that are too fiddly to wrap up individually. These things are usually more personal items such as hairbrushes, hand cream, pens, so forth. This year, Mum and Dad also put a mango in each stocking - YUM! :)
|Rose discovering good old-fashioned blackboards.|
We took our time over presents and by the time we finished, it was ten minutes to eight 'o' clock. We quickly made ourselves presentable and hurried off to church. We were about five minutes late, but we weren't the only ones who were late, so it made us feel better. :) We had breakfast when we got home... :)
The rest of the day was really low-key and relaxing - I was very excited that it rained all day :). We were really blessed to have Christmas together as a family and to be able to connect with each other. It wasn't particularly fancy, but neither was the night that Christ was born. In fact, the conditions into which He was born were downright hideous for a new baby and His mother. But still He came - Praise the Lord!!
I pray you had a lovely Christmas and that whatever you did to celebrate, you were blessed by the time with family and you Father who started this annual tradition of ours! Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you!