The Christmas Eve service at the Cathedral was lovely, as always, although I think that they sounded better on the 9 Lessons and Carols last Sunday - their voices are starting to sound a bit tired. Bishop Tom preached a great sermon, and we got home about 1.30am.
Christmas Day was a bit bitsy: beginning (of course) with a spot of present opening at about 9am - small daughter was so tired after the Christmas Eve service that we had to wake her up (not that we were objecting to a sleep-in!). Morning tea was at my parents', and then we scooted home again to see hubby's dad (his mum is overseas at the moment), followed by lunch. Prawns, cold ham, fresh berries, and salad - the only concession to a so-called "traditional" Christmas lunch was a Christmas pud with custard, brandy butter, and my own brand of home-made icecream.
Everyone had a rest afterwards, and then we went over to my sister and brother-in-law's for a very leisurely barbeque on their deck in the sun, enjoying the glorious weather - the first really beautiful Christmas Day we've had in several years. Good enough that we needed to break out the sunblock and hats...
Today, we braved the Boxing Day sales, emerging with 32" of plasma goodness, to replace our ancient and slowly dying 21" tv. I love 60% off! We spent the afternoon constructing small daughter's new trampoline and unplugging and replugging endless wires, sockets, and sorting out various electronica, and now small daughter is in bed and we're watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on tv and discovering how much of the picture we've been missing all these years!