Christmas lights

There’s a bit of a trend around these parts to decorate houses with Christmas lights.  When I say decorate, I mean cover, top to bottom.

One particular street has been doing this for many years, with most of the residents participating.  It’s got so famous that the area is packed with people on Christmas Eve, all wanting to come see.

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Christmas 2011

So, it’s that time of year again.

Where parents frantically try to get what their kids want without going overboard
Where husbands and wives think frantically what their spouses would like this year
Where inlaws buy socks
Where children make handcrafted trinkets with love for their parents
Where vouchers are the ultimate safe haven when you just can’t work out that perfect gift
Actually, the ultimate safe haven are pamper packs of bath salts and smellies.

But not this year..

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Only 5 days late – lol.

So, Christmas morning was a late one, the kids slept in as we had dragged them around the Christmas lights late the night before – I even had to go wake Henry at 8:30 as he was still sound asleep.

Got some excellent presents, a wide angle pin-hole Holga, a fish-eye lens for the other Holga and a Wii cricket game that I am yet to play as the kids have been on Wii Sport Resort morning noon and night.

Loved seeing all the kids get their presents – they all got surprises which was cool.  Everything was a surprise for Henry though and he had a lovely time.

My parents came over, followed by Jays parents and Jay’s brother – we had a wicked feast and lots of presents and we had a brilliant day.  We all sat outside on the patio in the 30+ degree heat and drank wine and chatted.  Bliss.

Some pics from the day 🙂

Henry with Thomas the tank engine presents

Ella with Littlest Pet Shop presents

H in his Thomas t-shirt

amazingly that t-shirt stayed clean for 3 days despite heavy chocolate consumption, jam sandwiches and running about boy-style-ee.

Cos we were so busy, I don’t have many other pics – Jay’s girls were off playing within seconds of getting their presents and that was that – what with a houseful, I never did get to play family snapper.  Ah well..they all had buckets of fun.