So this is Christmas..

Black & white Christmas

..And what have you done?
Another year over.
A new one just begun.

Our Christmas was quite mellow and relaxed, in spite of the melodramatic start to Boxing Day. (It’s not Christmas without some sort of drama but the histrionics certainly seem to have peaked.) Mum and Dad arrived on Christmas Eve while I was at work and prepared all the meats, cooked a roast for dinner, and oiled the new fort!

We had a lazy Christmas Day with Lincoln sleeping in until around 7.30, when I couldn’t hold out any longer and I woke him up. We gathered around the Christmas tree and gave out our gifts. (I got a recycled paper making kit, as requested. Inspired by this post, at Jorth.) Followed later on, by a modest lunch buffet. We constructed new Lego, Magnetix, stole a quick snooze, and prepared for the Boxing day lunch with the in-laws.

Boxing Day lunch was also a relaxed affair and pretty quiet, as we didn’t have any other kids visiting this time. But that was made up for, in spades, when two of my former colleagues from Sydney, and their families, came to spend the weekend. We had a load of fun, and noise. The kids played spectacularly well together and we talked, played cards, drank, ate, and were generally merry. As usual, I’ve over-catered and we’ve mountains of leftovers to eat our way through.

This Christmas has brought the dawn of a new era. It seems alot of people are trimming back on the amount spent on gift giving. Choosing instead, to give hand-made or offer charitable donations. We’re considering spending Christmas with other Friends With Kids next year at a beachside destination,  with buckets of prawns and bread rolls.

2008 has been pretty good to us, on the whole, with a little sucktastic thrown in at the end. Here’s to 2009 being a better year for everyone. It will certainly mean big changes for us. Fraser will be at school and we’ll have a whole new juggling trick to perform. My goals for this year are to do more sewing, do some semi-regular weekend workshops in something crafty, get some landscaping done, and focus on helping Fraser get into a good domestic routine to carry him through his school years.

Do you have any goals?

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