We enjoyed lots of Christmas events and had fun making things to give away and to eat. In a new and wonderful way, I felt the enormity of what we celebrate at Christmas - God become man, Immanuel - God with us, in the form of the baby Jesus. This baby who grew up to die and rise that we might be saved and enjoy both now, and forever, peace with God. What a privilege to be able to share this with our extended family and church family as well as friends from all over!
And so to the making! What did we get up to you ask.... well here are a few happy snaps. I'm feeling a little hard up for words at the moment, so I'll let the pictures tell their stories.
|Christmas cards in progress|
|Final results with gingerbread biscuits|
|Advent Calendar making|
|Lucy getting in on Advent Calendar creating|
|Finished Advent Calendar|
with Bible readings from Appendix to
Disciplines of a Godly Family by Kent and Barbara Hughes,
wooden ornaments and the occasional lolly!
|Gingerbread House bits - recipe from Adriano Zumbo no less (in Masterchef Magazine) - |
we did a miniature version of his jumbo one in the November 2011 magazine
|Jas making 'roof tiles'|
|Decorating our gorgeous little houses for teachers at school|
|Gingerbread Boxes with Lindt chocs - recipe from the Coles Magazine!|
|Amazing what a bit of dusted icing sugar can do....|
|Mango cream and raspberry sorbet with macadamia meringue - YUM!!!|
|Traditional Christmas Pudding from Donna Hay Classics, Vol 2|
|Merringue snowman also from Masterchef Magazine, December issue, curtesy of Mr Zumbo|
|Miss M in her mama made Christmas dress - same style, different fabrics for all the girls, |
finished on Christmas Eve - of course!
|Plaster figure painting - something we've been doing LOTS of recently,|
and was a hit with the cousins on Christmas Day (done without dresses for obvious reasons...).
|Our little cousin who is now a big 3, in her Aunty made dress|
from pattern by Oliver & S - love it!!
And so I wish you a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I'm currently really enjoying listening to a free download of J I Packer's famous book, Knowing God (from Christianaudio.com I think). I'm not in the habit of making New Year's resolutions, but I thought I could listen to this over January. It's wonderfully basic and foundations yet profound and moving. Hoping your new year sees you seeking to deepen or start your relationship with the amazing God of the universe who has acted so wonderfully and finally to secure our eternal future with Him through Jesus!