Santa plates, cups and key ready to go! (And we were off to bed at 11.15pm- it's a record for us!)
Here are the Christmas stockings I made! Now I initially wasn't happy with them but now, seeing them all up there filled with goodies, I felt quite proud of my efforts. (Thanks for the applique tips and backing Corrie xx)
All we're missing is a person starting with the initial 'n' and we'd have 'noel' - very Christmassy!
And here we are in our Christmas dresses up at 6.20am. I made Eloise's for her Carols concert but quickly sewed up two extras on Christmas Eve so Olivia and Laura would have one too. They were chuffed!
Santa was a hit with the stockings this year !
Eloise about to open her present from Santa (ZhuZhu Pets)
There were so many presents this year - and because most of our family don't live in Sydney anymore there's a lot to open at once instead of spreading it over the day. So we've decided next year interstate presents will be opened on Christmas Eve... to cut down on time mainly - it took us well over an hour to open all the gifts as we open them one at a time (a tradition I don't want to give up)
Then came time for the big present from Gran who has been visiting with us (MIL) she sent some money down for a swing set - and hubby has been building it bit by bit over the week- we had all but the swings put on by Christmas eve, by the clever guise of it being a new garden bed (Eloise has A-frame garden beds at her school) and none of the kids suspected for a moment!
So we led them out the garden with hands over their eyes and faced their backs to the swing set.
Then we told them to turn around and close their eyes.. (they were a bit confused!)
Unfortunately safety stands say only two swings on this length of cross-beam but after initial issues it's all worked out because Mummy and Daddy bought them Totem tennis too - so someone plays totem tennis whilst others are swinging, or even playing with the Hula hoops Santa delivered!
Poor Gran did do a lot of pushing on those swings yesterday - they have mostly now got the hang of swinging themselves..
(Part two coming soon - My gifts and Christmas lunch!)
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