Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012

Title edited to add another year back to my life. Why did I think it was Christmas 2013 already??

Misty Christmas morning

With the hot and dry weather we have been having Christmas day might have been a bit uncomfortable but instead it dawned cool and wet. A very pleasant 23 degrees C and more rain during the day and evening. A sunny, dry Christmas is very much over-rated in my books.

Nanny, Pop and the grandchildren.

 Instead of staying at home and this year, we headed up to my parents' home and spent part of the day with them and my sister's family. Here are the grandparents and their grandchildren that were there on the day. We will get to see some of the others in a few days. When we arrived home in the afternoon, it was birthday celebrations for Hope. It was such a tiring day though that she requested a raincheck on her birthday cake which we will have in a day or two. I think I am a little tired because although I am an adult (I am not grown up), I still struggle to get to sleep on Christmas eve. It is all just a bit too exciting.

I partcipated in Chookyblue's swap again this year. It is amazing the number of parcels to-ing and fro-ing between stitching bloggers around the globe and the generosity is inspiring too. Thanks Chooky for organising such a wonderful swap.

Ulla from Sweden sent me a lovely bag and pot holder as my main gift. I think I will have to hit the town for a coffee just to show my new bag off. It was struggle to not sneak a peak in the wrapping before the 25th but I did the right thing and followed the rules.

This was the very sweet Santa ornament that Ulla sent me. I'm so glad I was allowed to open this before Christmas so I could enjoy him on my tree all month.

Now I am going to have a quick look around my favourite blogs and then an early night.


Vickie said...

I am sure Hope will enjoy her cake in a few days..sounds like a lovely day Tracy..your gifts from Ulla gorgeous,cheers Vickie

Ulla said...

Wish you a nice day.Happy you liked my efforts doing small items for you.Today I have a day when I can choose what to do but having some meals with the family.It's a day of resting a little.
Wish you a nice time.

The little book of Nessie said...

I have to agree with you that a cooler Christmas Day especially with rain is better than a hot dry summer's day. We had a lovely day of 22c. We did not get rain but we would have been pleased if it came. Your gifts that you received are lovely, lucky you! Happy Christmas to you and your family. Regards, Nessie

Lisa said...

Tracy, I had to chuckle at your admitting that the excitement of Christmas keeps you awake - I am the same way! I haven't got enough sleep for a couple of days, although I did nap yesterday.

It's all too wonderful. Merry Christmas!

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Gee that year went quick Tracy,
Should it be Christmas 2012 ???
So glad you had a lovely COOL day.
Love your swap parcel. I think Ulla has been my partner before too :)

Paola said...

Merry belated Christmas Tracy. I too think hot Christmases are overrated. It rained all day where we were near Sydney - fantastic!

Chookyblue...... said...

well it certainly wasn't 23 at my place it was stinking hot.......a rainy day would have been good........sounds like you had a lovely day.......

what a great parcel from Ulla.......the bag will look great on your next trip to town........thanks for being part of the SSCS 2012........

Anthea said...

Lovely SSCS gifts from Ulla, love the bag!
And your garden is lovely too, I confess that plants and I do not have a good relationship... ;)
visiting from SSCS list