On the Eve…


On awaking on Christmas Eve, Noah and Granny had styled a little Christmas scene for the family to awake to! As well as shouting “Happy Christmas Eve!” Noah carefully styled the table setting down to the colours of the tablecloths :)

There were advent boxes to open…

Gingerbread houses to be made…

Lollies to eat…

Stockings to be hung…

Special Christmas Eve dinner to be eaten (a family tradition).
This year it was prawn cocktails and oven-baked sardines! Thanks Nat and Mum!

A sunset to admire from our Creator…

Then it was time to eat the masterpiece…it even had a dog kennel :)

Finally!

An Aussie Christmas wouldn’t be complete without admiring the local Christmas lights and dancing snowmen in the heat!

All gathered…

and anticipating Christmas day!
Love Martine

Tree time…


We spent Christmas with family in the bush this year – a bit of a tree change from the city! One of my favourite christmas memories as a child was going Christmas tree hunting with my dad in the bush.
Noah, Byron and Dan went with Dad on the tree hunt this year…

A suitably prickly tree was found and felled!

Dragged and strapped to the roof of the car…

Admired…

It was a beauty and looked so nice with the twinkly coloured lights!
Perfect to put presents under :)

Another tree – a little bit different but just as special, made from a wooden pallet.
Just perfect for a Christmas music dance-a-thon!

Love Martine

The weeks that were!


Cookie decorating with our neighbours…

Our beautiful tree – that has almost survived the extreme heat!

Decorating!
 
 

Jack’s first Christmas!

Decorating the front of the house…
 
 

Community Christmas party…

Family decoration swap night…

Jack’s first Christmas present…

City tree…

Jesus…

Love Martine

A Stroll through Bethlehem….


We had the amazing experience of strolling through Bethlehem last night…

We found a good park…

Upon entering the market scene of Bethlehem (circa Jesus’ birth), we were given three gold coins and spent it in the marketplace of Bethlehem. Fruit, clay stars, flat bread and honey, weaving, Bethlehem well water and wooden stars were all on offer…

Flat bread and honey…

It was such an amazing experience…all the volunteers were in character and the hustle and bustle of Middle Eastern life went on around us…
 
 
 

The three wise men were in search of Jesus…they asked if Jack could be him :)
 

Jesus was humbly found with his family – God with us.

I was profoundly touched by this experience. The local church that ran this event poured so much love and giving to the local community. Our family and the friends we went with were so blessed by the love, giving and the message of Jesus displayed. It slowed us down in the hustle and bustle of the preparations for Christmas. The church is located right next to our huge local shopping center, quite a different experience from the shopping center at this time of year! I am so glad to experience a taste of the first Christmas!

Love Martine

P.S. If you live in Brisbane this is event is on for the next two nights (21 and 22nd of December) – Indooroopilly Uniting Church – 6:30-8:30pm

A little bit of time…


I like to call it “the blessing of grandparent time”!

Granny craft time!

Byron LOVED making his little snowman!
 

I was loving time with my parents (and enjoying yummy food and having an extra set of hands!) – thanks Mum and Dad!

Grandad John story time…

 Cafe treat time!

Love Martine

Vintage…


Noosa River Christmas…

Vintage was the theme…

Vintage love…as a good friend told me “old love is gold!”

Dan…

Vintage Noah and Lochlan

The ladies of the family making sure there is “no double chins!”

Mum

A lovely Christmas by the sea!
Thank you to Mitchell again for these lovely photos!

Now its time to enjoy this Christmas 2012 – our Christmas tree arrives tomorrow
and its time to put on the Christmas tunes!

Love Martine