Saturday, January 8, 2011

Family Christmas, Finally

After two postponements, due to sickness, we finally had our family Christmas after church last Sunday afternoon.

Christina and JK hosted us, and despite the tragic end of their Christmas tree, their house was still very festive looking.

The table looked so pretty and Christina had plaids everywhere:

Lunch was delicious: beef bourguignon, with salad, fruit, and bread.

There were some presents to be exchanged afterward, which is the favorite part of the children:

Christina showered mom with socks: 2 knitted pairs and 2 bought pairs.

The kids had to play with their toys right away and the parents enjoyed visiting.

Then it was time for the arrival of the Christmas pudding, properly set alight.

The silly pudding wouldn't quit burning and we finally had to blow it out.

We had a surprise guest: our pastor from Scotland, whom the children and I haven't seen in five years. It was so nice to visit with him, hear news of all our friends, and reacquaint the children with the first minister most of them ever knew.

And now Christmas is nearly packed away and January is being fully embraced. It's become one of my favorite months: I love the quiet days to stay home and craft, ambition to get organized, the winter skies, and the promise of new beginnings.


Heather said...

Lovely that you could all enjoy a second Christmas without the germs! Beautiful pictures! How is little Miss Laura these days?

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

What a beautiful home! The Christmas Pudding looks divine. I have never had it before...hopefully one day!

SueJ said...

What a lovely 'do'! Better late than never! Also me re discovering your blog, somehow lost in the changes to bloglines! Happy New Year!

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