We set up our tree in early November. (No rule about having to wait till after Thanksgiving here, though granted that wouldn't have stopped me anyway. I love having the tree up for as long as possible, and would have kept it up longer this year other than we wanted it done and out of the way before the baby came.) I love our tree. It's progressed even a little since last year and just was so sparkly and beautiful. No - those presents weren't all for us. That's for siblings and cousins and other extended family as well. But also I'm like a little kid who likes to open lots of little presents on Christmas instead of just get one big thing. So I do tend to get lots of little things and wrap them all up separately so there's more to open on Christmas morning.
And the stockings were hung from the tall boy with care...
We took advantage of various Christmas activities in Brisbane and Ipswich which were nice. I especially love that they do fireworks here for the holidays. :) I love fireworks! Christmas Eve we went to Max and Laree's for swimming, food and presents. Varian's Mum's family is from Germany and they do all their celebrations the night before.
A rather violent game of chicken-fight, well a series of games that is. The results were debatable but as you can see from this photo, I think Varian had the upper hand.
That darling little angel is Charlie, my "1st cousin-once removed-in-law." I got to play Mary in the nativity play, yes I am a good 20 years older than most of the other participants but I was perfect for the part!
Waking up on Christmas day and opening presents as just the two of us was lovely. Then we went to a Christmas breakfast and then a Christmas lunch with family, topping it off with a swim at the beach. You know as much as I miss a white Christmas, there's something to be said about Christmas in summer.
- FAMILY PARTIES
Yes those glowing blue dots are actual glow worms. SO COOL! There were also glowing mushrooms and plants on the hike out but I don't have pictures of those, but it was breathtaking, Avatar meets Australia. :)
I hope you all had wonderful holidays yourself. For those who we got to spend time with thank you for the great memories. For those we were far away from, you were in our thoughts and prayers and we miss and love you! Merry Christmas all!