We had a lovely Christmas day this year. We did consider midnight Mass. Or at least there were some who tried to convince me of it... and I would have loved to have gone, but it was a cool and somewhat windy night and I wasn't at all sure I could manage the next day if I went and so we went to the day Mass instead.
I had planned to take some lovely photo's of everyone in their Christmas clothing but there was a too much to do and even though I had a good nights sleep I still had 'new mum' tiredness (as I do still;) and just didn't manage it.
|On the way to her first Christmas Mass|
|Hmmm, these two seem to have the same grin.|
|Chocolate faced little boy.|
|Oh what joy!|
|A shared present, that everyone opened at once.|
|Taking a rest with his little sister.|
My dad and brother came around for Christmas lunch which I think I prepared in slow motion, perhaps snoozing a little as I went. We had missed the dawn Mass because getting ready for that happened slowly too and so we went to the day Mass. This made us late getting ready for lunch and I managed so very few of my plans for lunch. The table was not prepared, neither were many of the planned treats that I had imagined making. It was so nice to spend some time with our family. They left late in the afternoon. I thought very much of having a nap. And then I thought of the Christmas meal I had planned. No time to give up I thought. These days I'm very conscious of putting in every effort I can into building beautiful memories. So I started to set the table. Bit by bit. Finding the elements I could find to make the table lovely. Slowly it came together. I wished that I had had time to set it so nicely in time for my dad and brother. Next year then, if I am able. Then I set to to cooking. I wasn't able to make quite as many dishes, or what I'd hoped for, but at long last, for I think the dinner preparations also seemed to happen in slow motion, there was a meal on the table for a Christmas feast.
|The table set for Christmas dinner.|
|Must find some glue to fix the baby Jesus' arm!|
|Happy playing with lego. Must give it a try myself sometime ;)|