Christmas 2013

Friday, January 24, 2014

Gavin and i were very excited for Christmas as it was our first one together. It was very strange for me as it was my first one not waking up with my family and having my brothers super excited on Christmas morning. It wasn't as hard for Gavin as he had two years away from his family on his mission.

He kept telling me a sad story that on his first Christmas on his mission, everyone in his ward assumed that someone else was looking after the missionaries on Christmas, and in the end no one did, and he and his companion spent the day alone. It makes me sad to think of him missing his family and having no one looking out for them for the day and not having a nice meal with anyone. I think that we will always make sure that the missionaries have somewhere to go every Christmas in our own ward :)

On Christmas eve, Gavin's brother, Tim and his wife Rebecca and their kids came over to celebrate Christmas with us. It is nice that they live in Tasmania too, but hard because they are in Hobart. It was nice to see them for Christmas. We had a nice day with them, having lunch, catching up and exchanging presents. The kids were very excited!

After they left Gavin and i went shopping for some Christmas food and had tea together. I sewed us some Christmas jammies, it was my first attempt at pjs! We are total dorks, but we totally don't care :)

We had a yummy tea of cold meats and biscuit and dip.

And then, the best part - fondu for desert :)

While we were eating we watched Gavin's favourite Christmas movie - Jingle all the way. We got to watch mine - Miracle on 34th street on boxing day..

Christmas morning was fun - we slept in late and then got up to open up presents. We tried to tell Charlie that it was family time, but he just wanted to lick himself. Silly cat.

I got Gavin this Sheldon bobble head. After it started up we totally regretted it! I thought that it had a button press, but it is actually on a sensor. It has become a stupid game in our house now - someone hides it somewhere where it will go off when you walk past so that it scares them (usually in the dark!)

Gavin was in LOVE with the present i bought him - beats by dre headphones. It was his wish come true. Too bad for him that i didn't realise you need batteries for them as they are wireless and we had none in the house ;)

We had a yummy breakfast of eggs benedict :)

 Gavin's present to me - a polaroid camera. I love it :)

After breakfast we headed out to mum and dad's house. 
When Morgan & Alex got there we exchanged presents. It was so cute seeing how excited the boys were, especially Asha. He is so much fun! 

We had a yummy Christmas tea with everyone. Poor Nana had gastro and had to stay at home. It felt so weird without her there, definitely felt her presence missing. She still managed to send along delicious pork and pavlova though.

After tea the boys showed us their new motorbikes and we had a bit of a ride.
Asha was so cute telling me that 'the elves made his bike' :)

He is being a 'zooombie' (zombie) here... (from minecraft).

Asha was also cute showing me his cubby house and bbq, and having a picnic with me :)

{Side note - really wish i gave Gavin a haircut before Christmas!}

My lovely nativity set from Myer! I wanted it before Christmas but couldn't justify it, but grabbed it for 50% off in the boxing day sales - yay!

Our Christmas present from mum & dad - a tv cabinet :)

When it got dark we headed home again. It was a nice first Christmas together. The day felt so quiet to me, especially not being with my family in the morning.

Gavin and i are excited to have a family of our own on future Christmases (no, that is not an announcement!) and start traditions with them, it is very exciting :) 

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mackyton said...

Lovely! Christmas is another special day celebrated with pomp and show. Yours seems to be great. Ours last year was enjoyed at one of the spacious event space Atlanta with friends and family. Exchanged gifts and danced too. Had mouth watering dinner and cup cakes. Decorations were of course of red and white color.

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