Wednesday, 30 December 2009

It was a good Christmas.

Christmas Eve:
We had a quiet Christmas eve at home with just the 5 of us and my mom. Dinner was simple: KFC and we all had lots of fun because it was present time!

The boys just love their Duplo.

And got real big boy rugby balls.

The Lil Miss got a music box from granny that she just adores.

Someone also got a little wire bicycle with a note attached leading to...

a new big bicycle.

Even the puppies got a gift or two.

Christmas day:
Santa came around during the night and only left crumbs and filled stockings.

He was welcomed by our posse of knitted Santas (from a charity project in Namibia)

In the stockings were little bits of fun and laughter.

Two little construction workers got hardhats to match the wheelbarrows they got the previous night.

After that we went to the morning church service with my mom and had a brunch at home. It was a hot and humid day and as my FIL and MIL only landed at 3pm, we had a late afternoon Christmas meal. They did the Christmas juggle - Christmas in two cities - they had Christmas eve with my BIL, SIL and little Madelein as well as Hunters grandparents) and flew to us on Christmas day.

It was the very first time that we hosted Christmas for more than just our little family. We had gammon (made in the oven), sirloin and leg of lamb (made on the Weber grill), aunt Tina's famous chicken pie, rice, roasted potatoes, pumpkin fritters, three bean salad, copper penny carrot salad and a garden salad. For desert we had my ice-cream desert filled with chocolate, cherries and nuts.

The table was done in red and white.

The place setting was with wire words (bought from a street vendor) with the names written on the red ribbon. I used the words: "Hoop"(Hope), "Geloof"(Faith) and "Liefde" (Charity) form1 Corinthians 13:13 and "Vreugde" (Joy) and "Vrede"(Peace).

At the Christmas table from the left: Hunter, my mom, my MIL, FIL, uncle Bertie, Aunt Tina and cousin Anne-Marie.

The kids had their own little table decked out in Christmas fare.

In the family tradition, we breed meat lovers over here in Africa.

The evening was concluded with some more presents (from the family gathered and the Cape Town family brought by the grandparents). And lots of hugging and loving.


  1. Love the wire bicycle idea!! Beautiful table decorations. Looks like you had a wonderful time

  2. I can see from your photos that you had a magical time...happy New Year Cat.

  3. Jenty, saw the idea in a SPAR advertisement.

  4. So, glad you had a wonderful time with family for CHRISTmas. I hope little Miss loves the bike...those streamers are fabulous!!!

    Love your place setting...the plates are gorgeous!!! I love that they have the words from 1Corth 13...and the greatest of these is love!!!

  5. How much fun! It looks like everyone had a very Merry Christmas. I love to see you all wearing summer clothes - we had jackets, scarves, etc. on. I love your Christmas pictures! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  6. Your Christmas looks wonderful. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

  7. Look's like the perfect holiday!

  8. Oh Cat, this looks like such a beautiful celebration! :)

    Thank you so much for the glimpse into your South African Christmas. Your family is just marvelous.

    Wishing you a blessed and joyous 2010!

  9. What a great Christmas you had! I love your table, it was beautiful!

  10. Your table looks so inviting! I am LOVING the wire words for place settings. Very pretty.

    What a lovely holiday you had!


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