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Eldest and Youngest

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Our youngest Most Adorable Granddaughter ('though I hope and pray she won't always hold that status) and our eldest Most Adorable Granddaughter (no one will ever be able to take that from her) had birthdays this month. Seriously, I don't know what their parents were thinking giving children birthdays so close to Christmas but I guess the young don't think of that! (Only joking for those who don't know me by now.)

The Most Adorable Granddaughter#7 kicked off the spate of December-January-February birthdays in our family (actually Son#4's girlfriend unofficially started it four days before The Most Adorable Granddaughter#7) so get ready for lots of cake, lots of presents, and lots of photos over the next several weeks.

The Most Adorable Granddaughter in the World#7 turns one ...








And The Most Adorable Granddaughter in the World#1 turns eleven (oh my, where did that time go) ...






The Best of Traditions

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This year Christmas Day was a little different to Christmases bygone. There was no traditional opening of stockings first thing in the morning, despite all four overflowing because someone had yet again overestimated what was required to fill a stocking (not me - I tend to go the opposite). With only two grown sons at home, stockings have probably lost some of their appeal.

After breakfast - which was just help-yourself and certainly nothing traditional or at least the ham and fruit kebabs DH has been known to cook on the barbecue previous years - it was off to church for a special service. This is something new as our denomination traditionally (a strange word to use for a denomination than eschews most traditions) does not hold a Christmas Day service, unless of course, Christmas falls on a Sunday. But our pastors, originally from Kenya, had no qualms about breaking with tradition and as a result, we enjoyed a short service where we celebrated communion and remembered our Saviour…

Traditions

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I love so many of the traditions associated with Christmas ...

The tree (even if nowadays it looks vastly different to the green tinsel tree we had as children growing up) ...

Christmas Parade ...


Carols in the park ...

Making Christmas pudding ...


Stockings ...


Christmas lights ...

And top-to-toe spring cleaning of the house.

However, there are some traditions I don't enjoy.

Stress ... which I must admit is less this year since we won't be hosting Christmas dinner at our house. Funnily enough, as relaxed as I've been this weekend about housework the house is still as clean looking as it is those years when I over-stress about it looking perfect. DH and I have even managed to do some work in the garden and Sons#4 and #5 moved furniture for me so that my new guest room is finally finished (after seven years!) and my bedroom no longer does double duty as a study.


Arguing ...  I'm not going to say too much about this as now that I'm an adult and have my own wounds, I …

A Christmas Prayer

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As the first of my chicks prepares to hit the road today (it's the 'outlaws' turn to enjoy them at Christmas this year) my heart feels a little anxious and downcast. The latter, I think, because in previous years we've all gotten together after Christmas for The Most Adorable Granddaughter#1's birthday so it's never really felt as if we've 'missed out' on a family Christmas, but this year that won't be the case.

Even being super organised and wrapping presents pre-Christmas-Eve hasn't won me any merit points as Son#2 decided not to take the [large] box in the car with them. This means that we'll get to enjoy The Most Adorable Granddaughters#4-#7 opening their presents with us when they return home. I just hope they don't think Nana and Grandpa have forgotten them! (As if we could.)

This talk of presents has made me think of what I'd most love to give my children and their spouses and children ... and the idea of a Christmas pray…

Christ in Christmas

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Years ago, someone wrote into a local newspaper complaining that Christians had tried to put their stamp on a Christmas parade. Why do Christians have to make Christmas about their beliefs?
As ludicrous as it may sound it shows just how far we have fallen as a nation that it's no longer known that Christmas is (or at least used to be) a Christian celebration. Hollywood, Hallmark, and commercialism have managed to turn it into a happy holiday and if anyone remembers its origins it's along the same lines of the Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus story.

I've often wondered why someone who denies Jesus Christ would still choose to celebrate Christmas, but for years as a nation we've been taking Christ out of Christmas and making it just another holiday. Worse, we've imbued the season with messages of peace, joy and love, without stopping to consider or acknowledge the One who gives and brings those gifts. And as Christians, we've gone along for the ride.

Last year I w…

Christmas ... Again!

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For the thirty-second or thirty-third year in a row (I'm not sure which) DH and I have made his mother's Christmas Pudding recipe. Only today did I learn that it had been passed down from her mother.

Nowadays we have lots of helpers. Which is a good thing ... even if slightly messy.

Once again, I share photos from a family tradition that I hope someone will take up when we're well and truly past mixing puds. I've suggested that The Most Adorable Granddaughter#1 be in charge but she wasn't too keen on the idea. I wonder why?