Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Merry Christmas to one and all....

Wow - where has the time gone?? It only seems like yesterday that the thought of Christmas entered into my head. With a blink of an eye all the planning, preparation and layby's are a thing of the past and now we are left to clean the house, eat leftovers and hope for five minutes to relax!!
All went well at the Murray household with my in laws coming over Christmas Eve and only leaving today (Boxing Day). My parents-in-laws, Ann and Ged, and sister-in-law, Clare came over and slept. I feelprivileged to have such a wonderful relationship with Noel's family and that they are such an important part of not only my children's life but of my life also.
Christmas Eve was a hub of excitement - busy preparing for Christmas Day lunch, cooking the turkey and of course the never ending job of wrapping presents while two children slept dreaming of what wonderful surprises will be under the tree the next morning. During the evening we had a wonderful Seafood supper (crayfish, prawns, oysters and calamari) as we do every year.
All the festivities started with the mammoth effort of opening Christmas presents after two children excitedly but frustratingly waited for the rest of the household to wake up! We definately have the making of the next children's band with Oliver receiving a guitar and Alex receiving an electronic keyboard plus harmonica's for them both. Not to mention brand new bikes and lots of other items to hopefully keep them occupied for the next 12 months.
Christmas dinner (at lunchtime of course) went off without a hitch!! We had a zucchini and basil soup for entree followed by the traditional dinner and as usual it was with all the trimmings.... turkey, cranberry sauce, roast pork with crackle and apple sauce, potatoes, carrots, parsnips and brussel sprouts, sage and onion stuffing and rich gravy. Everyone was so full that pudding etc wasn't served until around 9pm at night!
Overall I think the Murray family enjoyed their Christmas and I hope everyone else did also.

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