Christmas Eve (part 2!)

I last posted on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, so let me update you on what has been happening.

On Christmas Eve we went out for our walk around the neighbourhood looking at the Christmas lights. Let’s just say some have less, and some have a lot, lot more!

The kids had hot chocolate, my daughters played some of their Christmas carols on the piano (something they always have dreamed of being able to do since starting piano lessons!)

Then we read some Christmas books, including “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “The Three Trees”. The latter book having arrived by post that morning from Elizabeth, as a prize I won on her blog. As a (very rare) treat (!) I have included a photo of me. Regulars to this blog know I hate photos of me, but it is Christmas I suppose!

We lit our Austrian Christmas Pyramid, and sang Away in the Manager, as it is the only carol my 4 year old knows the words too (as we don’t count Jingle Bells and When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney as carols!).

We chatted a little more by the fire, and my son was speculating on how Santa was going to manage to get his fire station down the chimney, and he suggested he should “remove those rocks from the fire” to make more room. Fortunately he was easily dissuaded.

His prayer going to bed was short and sweet “Thank you for Christmas, Amen”.

For you info, at our house Santa was left a glass of port, a mince pie, a Malteser Crunch and a carrot for Rudolph.

Can you believe Christmas is over?

It seemed very much like Christmas until we drove up here to the cottage yesterday, where we have NO Christmas decorations. Only the ice and frost outside add to a Christmas feeling.

Christmas was a lovely time for us and the kids, meeting up with family and friends. I plan to post more in the next few days about Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and also what we have been doing since.

Thanks for dropping by, and I pray you are enjoying this special time of the year.

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16 thoughts on “Christmas Eve (part 2!)”

  1. I actually noticed that some of our neighbors had lights this year, yay although we don’t have a sidewalk on our street so we can’t take a walk, it sounds like you all do a great amount of family things, exactly what Xmas is all about. 😉
    TFS for all the lovely photos

  2. Creative Junkie

    very sweet photos! (and I do like those highlights! Wanna share?)

    I can’t believe Christmas is over. I’m relieved and yet sad. It’s always bittersweet for me.

  3. Driving around to look at lights is one of my favorite things to do. It’s been a tradition since I was a child, but it seems fewer and fewer decorate anymore.

    It looks like you all had a lovely holiday. I love your son’s prayer. We leave Santa lager and cookies in our house. Now I can show my son your post and tell him not everyone leaves milk as he insists.

  4. I as well can not believe that Christmas has come and gone. I like your idea of walking around your neighbourhood, it seems very peaceful. Wishing you all the best in 2009.


  5. Hi there ~ saw you over at Mozie Esme and thought I would pop over and say hello!!
    Great pictures ~ looks like fun!
    We love looking at other peoples lights ~ we saw some great ones this year!!
    Love and hugs Tabitha XXX

  6. The Pitter Patter Boutique

    Great photo’s! Sounds like you guys had a wonderful Christmas.

    All the best in 2009 and wishing you guys a happy and safe New Year’s!

  7. What a wonderful tradition-steeped Christmas you and your family have created. Perfect balance and something you are ‘investing’ into your children. You’ve given me many wonderful ideas and I’ve enjoyed coming to share in your celebrations.

    I’m taking a ‘stolen’ moment at the computer as we are still visiting. You’re one of the first places I come to, JanMary, its always like ‘coming home’ to visit you.

    Happy New Year, if I don’t get to catch you beforehand.

    Barb and Miles

  8. What a wonderful and memorable time! I love it.

    Good for you posting pictures of you… you are BEAUTIFUL! And I would know that even if I never saw you!

    God bless-

  9. It all looks so warm and festive. I love that Santa gets a glass of port…might have to suggest that to the kids next year.

  10. How cute that your son wanted to clean the fireplace for Santa! What a smart cookie!
    And now that you mention it, I think that playing Christmas carols on the piano is the one thing that would make me envy someone their piano lessons!

  11. Love the pictures, especially the one by candlelight. Our kids also love to see the neighborhood lights, as do Hubby and I.

  12. CJ, the Purple Diva

    Hey there,it’s no fair that your picture is of the back of your head! That looks really nice, though!
    I love all the pictures and the stories of what you all do in Ireland.
    And I’m sad it’s over already too. It always comes and goes so fast. The older I get the faster it goes.

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