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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Well that was Christmas! 

Today is New Year's Day and the tidying up and putting away of all things Christmas is almost done. The weather has turned very hot and humid, so we've been a bit lethargic. DsD1 and Dan have been staying with us since Christmas Eve but today they headed off up to Coolum on the Sunshine Coast for a beach holiday. When you live on a cattle property 6 hours drive from Brisbane, with summer temps often in the 40s C ( over 100 degrees F)  a beach holiday must seem like paradise! 😄 
Christmas 2017 was lovely. Most of the family were able to be here for the family dinner on Christmas Eve, with just DsD2, her husband and Anthea  not here as they were having Christmas in NZ with Karl's family. But my nephew and his family were visiting from Sydney so that was a lovely bonus.
You may remember my blog post about the Sunday Stitchers Christmas which was held at Sandi's home. Sandi's decorating for Christmas was just stunning...mine is very, very modest. I tend to decorate little areas and because Anthea wasn't here, I could put out lots of Christmassy knick knacks...although she did come over one afternoon before they left, and loved playing with the knitted Santa and Reindeer in the little chair.

Both granddaughters got a handmade tree decoration from me...I made mini stockings for them but with a few extra things stitched on them compared to the basic ones I make for K4BN...

In 2016 I had made a hexie decoration for Anthea with the middle hexie being a photo of her printed on fabric. So this year I will have 4 to make!
The two babies who entertained us all at 2017's Christmas dinner are cousins...

The little girls weren't too sure about Grandma/Aunty Maria's antlers! Lol

My niece was once again wearing my early 1990s Christmas dress that I gifted to her a few years ago. Her baby brother is now so much taller than her!

Lots of good food; lots of good-natured banter and laughter...

And that was Christmas for 2017. 🎄🎁🎉




12 comments:

Michelle Ridgway said...

Looks like a wonderful family celebration. Love your festive decorating Maria. Happy New Year to you all xx

Nanna Chel said...

How lovely to have your family around you at Christmas, Maria. Good memories. Hasn't it been dreadfully hot and humid these last few days? I will be pleased when it cools down once again.

Susan said...

Sounds like a lovely family Christmas.

Kate said...

Such a splendid family celebration!

Gail said...

Looks like a lovely holiday! A "Sit long, talk much. laugh often" Christmas Day.

Sharmayne said...

Looks like a lovely time together and lucky daughter & hubby heading to Coolum!!! We are meant to be in the mid 40s by the weekend and into next week - not looking forward to that!

angela said...

Lots of babies!
Looks like everyone had a wonderful time.
But thank goodness. Christmas only comes once a year lol I’m pooped hahaha

Jackie said...

The stockings are lovely. Excellent work.

It looks as if you are going to be busy with hexie decorations this year.

Christmas is best spent with the ones you love, and the babies make it all so much better.

God bless.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Looks like it was the best fun ❤️❤️❤️❤️🎄

mamasmercantile said...

Sounds like an amazing family gathering , making lots of wonderful memories. Best wishes for 2018.

Chookyblue...... said...

A great time with family...... Www.chookyblue.blogspot.com

Chookyblue...... said...

I don't do humidity to well either..... We are back to 40`s from Saturday...... Yippee