Sunday, December 15, 2013

before christmas celebrations and such.

We started off our Christmas season with a gift exchange in the park.

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The girls from my mum's group thought, instead of exchanging Christmas gifts between all of the children, we would put together one gift exchange event for all of the families to come together to celebrate the season.

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We met up in a local park with a plate of food to share and a $10 gender neutral gift to exchange.

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Each of the kids took turns picking out a wrapped gift and then all opened their new toys together.

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It was a fun morning and an excellent way to start off the holiday season!

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We kept the celebrations going that evening by attending the local "Carols by Candle Light." All throughout December, local areas all over Australia put together community Christmas gatherings where families come to listen to and sing Christmas songs :: old songs, new songs, traditional songs and everything in between. Max has been talking about going since we met and this year we finally did it!

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While we were a bit confused because the band never actually played ANY Christmas carols (...ummm, what?) it was a fun evening overall. My camera battery died almost as soon as we got there so I wasn't able to capture Lachlan's cute little dance moves once he got comfortable with the crowd. But minutes after these pictures were taken, he was up and running around with about 50 other kids. People brought chairs and wine and cheese and blankets. Santa came to visit and they even served FREE SAUSAGES! Overall it was a fun evening and a tradition I think we will try and continue from now on.

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And of course, no Christmas season is complete without the annual picture with Santa. This is Lachlan preparing for this photo shoot...

Getting ready for our photos with Santa but had to get a taste of those Christmas lights first! #yummy #danger! #lachlangram

I don't have a digital copy of our Santa picture, but it involved me (unexpectedly) being in it because a certain little boy would not sit with Santa by himself. As much as I love a good crying-child-with-santa-picture, I decided I would forego the tears and just hold him in my lap instead. Better luck next year? Not likely...

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