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And so this is Christmas.

Sam's ornament
For Baby Samuel.

“So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun

And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear.” ~ John Lennon.

Cake 2015

As Christmas Day, 2015, draws to a close in Australia, a day filled with festivities is just beginning elsewhere in the world.

Gingerbread House

Most of the preparations for today began in my house yesterday. Emma continued what has become an annual tradition now, making and decorating a Gingerbread House….

GH trees & door

Every year, the family admires Emma’s work, and every year the Gingerbread House turns out to be an improved version of the house made the year before. Her patience is amazing, her hand steady….

GH trees

….and there is no limit to the amount of love she puts into her contribution to the family Christmas preparations each year.

bird house 15

Many of the ornaments adorning the Christmas tree have done so for many years, including those made for my children when they were babies. Other not-so-special ornaments have seen better days, so this year I have a few new ornaments on display. This cute little wooden bird house reflects my love for the birds that I feed in my garden every day.

2015 babies

This morning, I awoke to the sweet sounds of my pair of baby magpies, born in the highest branches of the Norfolk Pine tree in my front garden just a couple of months ago. Mama and Daddy magpie introduced their twins to me a few weeks ago and although the babies are still wary, they now know where to find food each day, when the pickings in the grassy areas are slim.

snow storm

The only snow we will ever enjoy here on Christmas Day is that in the snow storm ornament, but for the first time in many years, this year our Christmas day has been pleasantly cooler.

new 15

Regardless of the usual heat, we always enjoy our traditional Christmas dinner, complete with roasted meats and potatoes, followed by Christmas pudding and custard. The plans and preparations for Christmas continue for days in our house, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

new ornament 15

In a world filled with change, it’s comforting to know that the traditions of family, carried from one generation to the next, continue on. Christmas ornaments may be renewed, the menu for Christmas dinner may vary slightly from year to year, children grow and begin new families of their own, but at the nucleus of Christmas is love….the love shared by families, the tradition of celebration, the comfort and security of home.

2015
Hayley, Ben, Emma and Adam, Christmas Eve, 2015. My Children ~ My World. xxx

Merry Christmas to all of my family and friends, both near and far. May the blessing in your world continue as you celebrate Christmas this year.

Another year over ~ Remembering memories made ~ Looking forward to new memories.

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6 thoughts on “And so this is Christmas.

  1. Very festive Christmas pictures, Joanne! What a blessing to have your whole family together, and what a handsome bunch of children they are! It was so unseasonably warm here that when I looked out the window on Christmas day there were two girls in shorts doing cartwheels on the lawn! Very strange…

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