How Christmas unfolded for us in 2016....
The "children" are home after 3 years of travels bringing with them lots of ornaments from their adventures so the tree took on a very Scandinavian look. They even made gingerbread to hang on the tree which Julien and the poodles later picked off one by one when no-one was looking!
We made our bon bons as usual but instead of jokes we used the beer bottle caps with trivia questions. Included in the goodies were these crazy moustaches which were a lot of fun around the table and Ju thought it was hilarious.
I have acquired a pair of standing wreath hangers that I have used in the front windows. Hanging from them are ornate silver trays from the op shop painted with blackboard paint and they spread the message of Peace.
Angels by night
Silver was polished
Pine boughs were cut from the trees in the paddock
We had two formal sit downs for 12, one at lunch and one at dinner as various family came and went.
It was a dreadfully hot day of 35C and although inside was air conditioned, it was nice to enjoy the cool of the shade under the trees and loll on blankets and chat and snooze.
While others splashed under the newly installed play shower and played with Christmas bubble blowers.
The rose petal champagne was a hit and fragrant and exotic. Next year Izaac and I are going to try
with pine needles.
When night fell we accommodated ten overnight, even up in the attic. A little cottage with plenty of room.
Lots of games, shared meals, love and laughter.
Our family grows and we feel blessed.
I'd like to share a direct quote with you from Kandee Johnson
"no matter how imperfect your Christmas may have felt...remember no one's Christmas was perfect, only some people's posts looked perfect! "
The secret of happiness
Something To Do
Someone to Love
Something to Hope For