Ok so Christmas was sooo last year, but I've only just had a chance to look back over the pictures which I took on Christmas Day (and the days prior). The
Christmas season really only started once Daddy got home and we went to Candles & Carolight. (Carols by Candlelight in Ingrid speak). Unfortunately in typical Tassie style it was bloody freezing, so Rupert was unable to wear his elf outfit. It was however warm enough on Christmas Day and as you can see he made a beauuuuwdafuwl elf.
Next came the Christmas cooking. I tackled my first ever gingerbread house. Every year I have seen the gingerbread kits and though next year....well this was the year. Only me being me decided it can't be that hard, who needs the kit. Err...wrong. I can happily add gingerbread house making to knitting on the list of crafts that I really suck at. I can also advise that in our house it is an R rated activity, and includes WAY too much swearing involved to be something you do with the kids. Thankfully the kids had gone Christmas light gazing with Daddy while I did the assembling. I did manage to stick everything together. I then had the bloody silly idea of adding snow to the roof-absolutely essential when you are celebrating Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere. Every time I tried to add delicate drops of snow the house fell apart which was absolutely infuriating. Then the makeshift piping bag i was using blew a hole so I decided to simply smear the snow on. The result was that it looked like a small pteradactor had relieved himself while flying overhead. Sam thought they looked less like gingerbread houses and more like a gingerbread dunny. I had planned to make a little village, but 2 was more than enough to test my patience!!
Should I ever attempt one again I will take Aunty Trish's advice (which I got after the fact) and make an a frame. It will also definitely not involve snow.
Diana made the most delicious eggplant bites
We continued on with our main
Next year in going to make one of these
My dear friend Chappers made this isn't it beautiful?? I especially love the Brie star!!
Anyway, next we adjourned to play with new bikes and toys
Finally it was time to say goodbye to the grandparents and pour the kids into bed. Sam managed to cut his hand badly while making the kids some toasties for dinner :( off he went to the LGH and came home with a couple of stitches. But that was the only incident of the day and we had such a lovely day. It was a real treat for the kids to have both their grandfathers here and we enjoyed great food and interesting conversation (Grandpa James has just returned from a couple of months in Africa). Merry Christmas everyone. Now, what to do with the left overs...