Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Images

I've decided a white Christmas is much over-rated. For the first time in a long, long time, we haven't had any snow for Christmas this year. With family travelling through the mountains, we did not miss having snow to deal with.

Now, as Christmas is wrapping up and New Year's festivities are being planned, here's some images from our Christmas 2011.  I was very slack at taking pictures this year and the ones I did take aren't great, but these will have to do.

Our small woodland themed Christmas tree

with my favorite owl ornament.

Emily decorating cookies with Layla and Baron

Setting up the Nativity scene

Putting the snack out for Santa and the reindeer

Then, on Christmas morning the kids open their Santa gifts before breakfast.

while Papa cooks his traditional big breakfast, watched by Greg

After breakfast and the opening of the rest of the presents, it's time to start peeling and cutting vegetables for the Christmas feast.

Boxing Day (Dec. 26) brought my three youngest children together as Mike and his family visited for the day. 
Emily, Mary and Mike
Mike's kids, and Mary's kids played together all day, getting to know one another and enjoy one anothers' company.

Things have calmed down now - Emily and Allan have gone home, Mike's family is back in their home not far from here, but Mary, Greg, Layla and Baron will be with us till Jan. 2 when we'll pack up Christmas and they'll head back to BC and Lloyd and I will go home to Edmonton.  This first Christmas in our Lethbridge home has been a good one, in spite of having to suffer through a bad cold.

Two more events will happen before we head back though.  Amy and her family are coming down on the 29th and we'll have Kenzie's 9th birthday at that time, and we'll be hosting the family New Year's Eve party on the 31st.  January will be a time for rest!


just call me jo said...

So do you have three homes? Or did I just read wrong? One for Christmas, one in AZ and one in Lethbridge? You're much nicer than I to spend all of that time with people. One day is enough for me. Enjoy the busy days ahead and then enjoy that much-deserved rest.

Ellie said...

Sounds like a happy and busy Christmas. Wasn't Santa lucky having those lovely cookies and chocolate milk? - lovely.
Christmas is hard work but definately worth it don't you think.


Your family is lovely. Everyone looks like they're having a GOOD time. I am glad you had a wonderful Christmas. We didn't have any snow either and to tell you the truth I was glad. I really enjoy stopping by to visit and appreciate the kind words you have left for me on my blog. May you and your loved ones have a healthy and happy New Year.

Bouncin' Barb said...

I love all these pictures. Great looking family. But I especially love the one of all the kids in the circle. How precious is that and they all got along? So great. Thanks for sharing.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

We didn't have snow for Christmas either. The weather man says that we have had about half and half over the years, and I do remember a lot of ones that were very cold but no snow. Glad you had so many of your family in for Christmas. Looks like you all had a wonderful time.

Chatty Crone said...

It looks like you had a great Christmas Pat. I'm so glad and there is no snow for your travels that's good too.

So what is boxing day?


Danielle said...

I agree .. snow's over rated !! Glad your Christmas was nice :) hope the cold disappears soon!

Granny Annie said...

Your pictures remind me so much of the Christmas celebrations we had when my kids were small.

Magpie said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time with family during the holidays. I love hearing about other people's traditions. Enjoy the rest of your holidays and be safe.

Mickey said...

Looks like a fun Christmas in Lethbridge!
Do hope you're finally feeling better.
Happy New Years celebrations!

Michael MacKenzie said...

I love pictures that make me look tall.

Kath said...

A white Christmas IS over rated! Looks like a fun time was had at your house!!