Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a peaceful Christmas.
Despite going into Christmas quite mindfully – thanks to running an Advent study at my church – the lead up to Christmas was still all hustle and bustle. There is simply just too much happening in December. Every single organisation I am part of had a Christmas party. Every single one. I eschewed some, and went to others out of a sense of obligation – which I thoroughly intend to stop doing this year. I have nothing against Christmas parties, I swear; I just wish that some of these groups would think “Hmmm, December is a loco time of year for most people. Let’s have a welcome back party in the New Year instead!”
There were some great Christmas moments though: watching Sausage in the Nativity play, Sausage really getting the Christmas story this year, going carolling through the streets with my church, celebrating D’s new business with his business partner and family, gathering together with friends on Christmas Eve to reflect on the birth of Christ, and filling up the sacks I’d made my tots with gifts.
D spent the last bit of Christmas Eve doing this:
…while I waited for the children to finally go to sleep so I could sneak in with their presents. Christmas morning was a blur of wonder and delight for our children.
The trampoline has been hugely exciting and I’m not sure who enjoys it more – the kids or me! (Such a good workout.)
As always with children, here’s what else has provided great entertainment:
We enjoyed having friends visit for several days and saw in the New Year with them, which involved a BBQ and a hotly contested board game. The weather was gorgeous, the company par excellence, and the rambunctious, happy children running around our backyard completed the recipe for a great New Year’s Eve.
Happy 2016, from my house to yours.