On Christmas Eve, four of us went carol singing at the Repatriation Hospital on Daws Rd with a number of other folk from our church. It's been a while since we've done sometthing like this as a family and it felt good to bring a bit of joy to the patients.
Yesterday morning we worshipped at an overflowing Rosefield, with four of us in the band and choir. Very enjoyable playing in the band with Ellen and Grace. Some different takes on traditional carols and some new tunes. We got to hear the Moderator's Christmas message delivered in person by Deidre Palmer - an excellent, challenging reflection on making peace in our world.
Then home to gather around the tree and open pressies from one another and the family interstate.
Lunch consisted of a Thai salad of BBQ marinated prawns.
The girls had invited a co-worker from Coles over for the afternoon, so tournaments of Small World and Lord of the Rings ensued while the adults slaved in the kitchen.
A rather sumptuous dinner featuring duck, ham, home-made relishes, a selection of baked vegetables, finished off with Yvonne's remarkable home-made Christmas cake, with local cider and wine. (Full menu here...) Followed by a quiet evening with all the Christmas lights on, a Christmas tale from Bill Loader and a sleepy dog. (That's our guest in the dinner table photo - I still have my hair!)
We hope that you have had a deepened sense of the presence of the Prince of Peace this Christmas.