New Farm Park, Brisbane

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

CHRISTMAS WITH CHILDREN IN AUSTRALIA

This is the first year that we have celebrated Christmas with the grandchildren in our home. Once before we had Christmas with them in Victoria, two years ago. They arrived five days before Christmas and they were leaving on Christmas Day to celebrate in Melbourne with their other family. Their Aunty Carol and Uncle David arrived a day later. It was fun having the house full with family. So many times we spent Christmas alone when the young ones were living in England and America.

Since they would have lots of gifts at Christmas, I thought they could have our gifts early to keep them entertained while they excitedly waited for the big day. In fact they have two big days because we have always celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve like they do in Switzerland and then they go to their other family on Christmas Day.

Granddaddy chose a remote control crane for Fox. The three boys all had fun with it.

Banjo loads the crane and gives the okay to the driver. Banjo also got a monster truck set.

 At last Santa arrived and there were two happy little boys with their toys.

 Fox wrote to Santa asking for a Star Wars Light Sabre. 

 Banjo got a fleet of monster trucks

Soon it was time for Christmas lunch of seafood and salads.
One huge Snapper, Moreton Bay Bugs and prawns.

Both son in laws are great cooks so they took over the kitchen.

 Then they put the fish into the barbecue and waited.

 We decided to eat inside in the cool air-conditioning and avoid flies.

After lunch it was time to give out the family presents. Fox chose Uncle David to be Santa and Fox was Santa's helper in giving out the presents.

A mini Kylo Ren from Star Wars dropped in to join the celebrations.
Soon it was time for them all to leave to join their other families. Then it was nice to enjoy the peace and quiet and the slower pace of us oldies.



28 comments:

  1. What a special Christmas for you this year. It looks a very relaxed and happy day. Wishing you a healthy and happy 2016.

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  2. Definitely you have had a nice Christmas with your charming grandkids. Happy New Year 2016

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  3. What a wonderful family Christmas gathering and how good that they all then disappeared.

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  4. Hello, having your family and grandchildren home for Christmas is a present for you! The Star Wars toys must be a big hit this year. I have not seen the movie yet, maybe tomorrow.
    Happy Tuesday, enjoy your new week! I wish you all the best in 2016, Happy New Year!

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  5. That fish looks great! All very different to what I had as a kid!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  6. Oh how nice to have the sons -in-law cooking xmas lunch for you. Granddad was a crafty one, bet he got as much joy out of the crane as did the kids. Have a very happy new year Diane

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  7. Looks like the family had a very happy Christmas! Love the photos with the light sabre! ;)

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  8. Your grandchildren must have made this Christmas extra happy--such fun photos of them enjoying their gifts. It must have been nice to have your son in laws help prepare dinner. Your meal looks delicious! We also celebrate with fish on Christmas Eve at our house and this year my son in law prepared Christmas Day at their house. Now it is on to the New Year! Hope you have a very happy and healthy one!

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  9. OMG how absolutely wonderful to have the family all together for Christmas Eve! We celebrate it then too and those two youngsters are so freaking adorable!!!!

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  10. What a wonderful holiday, it's great to see your family come together to celebrate and what a blessing to have two son in laws who cook! Your grandsons are absolutely adorable!

    Wishing you a blessed and Happy New Year! Cheers.

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  11. It looks lovely to have everyone together. You must be so glad. Enjoy the peace now though!

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  12. What a fun day with your family Diane ... and so good that those son-in-laws can cook, no slaving over a hot stove for you.

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  13. The gifts that the bag us were playing with, look like a lot of fun....I particularly like that crane! Lol. How wonderful to have sons in law who cook! What a wonderful day you all had...although tiring for some perhaps??? Lol

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  14. Darn auto correct! The word was 'boys' not 'bag us'!

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  15. It looks as if you had a marvelous Christmas. I'm glad the whole family was able to be together.

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  16. We also celebrated Christmas with our grandchildren and it was non-stop activity as in your home, Diane. Our grandson also received Star Wars toy items, including a light sword. And, it was also warm enough in RI to be outdoors in short sleeves, but we didn't BBQ.

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  17. Looks like a fantastic Christmas --having all of the family with you... AWESOME.

    Happy New Year!!!!!! Hope you and your loved ones have a blessed 2016....

    I posted my "Year in Review" blog today. Had fun working on that one.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  18. Diane, how wonderful it that, having your family home for Christmas. Indeed a treasure to have the little ones. Great son in laws there, you should send them to our place, they could cook for me :)

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  19. Just gorgeous Diane! I'm visiting all my favourite Aussie blogs - feeling a 'teeny' bit homesick! May the new year bring all things wonderful and good to you and yours Diane.

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  20. How wonderful to have a full house, and how wonderful when they all go home and you have a quiet house again, or is that just the way I think ok me and my mum not just I........

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  21. It looks like you have a fun time. Happy New Year.

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  22. It was full-time fun wasn't it! We had a great time.

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  23. Thanks for sharing your special children's Christmas Diane! It must have been very special to have your grandchildren with you! Happy New Year!

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  24. Fun with the family. Happy New Year.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  25. You sound to have had a wonderful Christmas - full of fun and children and presents. I hope 2016 brings lots more fun, and smiles, and adventures .... and blogposts.

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  26. We too have always celebrated on Christmas Eve as they also do in Germany. I see that little boys have the same taste when it comes to toys ! Toby loves this sword too ! How nice that for once you could have them all together in your home ! We too had a very nice Christmas, although my son prefers now that Father Christmas comes on Christmas day morning ! Difficult for us to get used ! We are not really morning people !

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  27. There is nothIng like Christmas with small chIldren! So wonderful you got to spend it with your grandsons this year. My little guys got light sabers from Santa, too. Happy New Year, Diane.

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  28. They are the perfect age ..,so glad you got to spend it with them ! Lunch looks amazing!

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