What a wonderful day it has been! I always find it hard being away from family on Christmas day but today was a really nice day with the Happy Husbands family and it felt like Christmas!
After working yesterday and then attending the 5pm Children’s Chrismas Eve Service (well I obviously did more than just attend this service – I’ve got some great pictures but for Duty of Care reasons I can’t post them here) and then the 11pm service last night and making some dessert and staters for lunch today we fell into bed last night ready for Christmas! This morning it was great to start the day together with a time of prayer before getting up and opening some Christmas presents from each other and my family in Sydney. We headed over to the in-laws place in the late morning to share presents there and have lunch and it was all quite lovely.
Presents given (and we hope received) on both sides of the family were incredibly thoughtful. I felt it last year and again this year, and perhaps its because we are all adults now, that the gifts have been very thoughtful and as a consequence so generous. I feel as though it’s how gift-giving is meant to be; somehow it feels less materialistic and more an act of love where the joy of giving is stronger than the fun of receiving. No doubt our parents have always had this attitude and certainly we have both been blessed with very loving and generous parents. Now that we each have 2 adults siblings (as well as being adults ourselves) the sense of love, family and blessing is all the stronger and it makes Christmas a really special time. I feel like I appreciate more what a gift really is, and seeing as at Christmas we celebrate the ultimate gift of Jesus – it’s all a great thing!
Here are some pics of the day, mainly for my families benefit in Sydney.
Merry Christmas everyone & God Bless