Christmas 2014

Because we had been on holiday for a week just before Christmas, this year Christmas day seemed to sneak up with alarming speed. We were lucky to spend the day at home with visits from parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties and cousins.

Christmas 2014 3The tree was its usual eclectic mix of ornaments both brought and home made, lovingly assembled by the children in early December. There were, of course, an abundance of packages beneath the tree…

Christmas 2014We celebrate Christmas in New Zealand in mid-summer so there is plenty of fresh summer fruit to enjoy. Strawberries and cherries feature a lot on kiwi Christmas tables… although we do like to add in a bit of mistletoe and some fake snow to accompany the far-from-home reindeer for a bit of Northern hemisphere white Christmas spirit. Christmas 2014 2This year we ate outdoors, the deck brightened with an abundance of colourful blooms from the garden…

Christmas 2014 5Arranged and deposited around the place (and I’m very proud to say all from my garden!)…

Christmas 2014 6Because it was so hot we opted for outdoor cooking, so the dinner was cooked in our pizza oven – we enjoyed perfectly roasted turkey and lamb.

Christmas 2014 4And an assortment of salads and baby potatoes (and maybe a glass or two of wine)!Christmas dinnerNot to mention a LOT of delicious dessert… which left us all feeling a little like this guy πŸ™‚

Christmas 2014 7Merry Christmas, from my family to yours! I hope you had a wonderful day filled with love, joy, family, and delicious food. I’d love to hear all about it!

Janette xxxoooxxxooo


14 thoughts on “Christmas 2014

  1. Sophie Willis says:

    Sounds like a lovely day. Our NZ Christmas dinner was similar to yours but we chose to have cold meats and some hot broad beans and peas with our baby potatoes and a salad.

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  2. dragonflylady77 says:

    Your photos are beautiful and your dinner sounds delicious!!

    We had a picnic by a nearby lake and spent most of the afternoon in the water. It was very nice and we ate way too much (it’s the rule, isn’t it?) and I had leftover trifle for breakfast on Boxing Day.

    My wife had made so much macaroni salad (a delicious family tradition) that we still had some left on 27th December!

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  3. Carine07 says:

    Lovely flowers.
    You should dry the statices as well as the hydrangeas to get a dried bouquet for winter. Two days ago, I cut the last roses of the year, just before the cold and the snow (-7Β°c this morning, now it is sunny).

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  4. gentlestitches says:

    Oh your hydrangeas gave me warm fuzzies! We had a great day too. My friend and her husband cooked the trad Christmas feast with 3 meats, every imaginable veg and trifle with plum pudding. We had a heap of people lots of kids and 2 of the “kids” have partners now. (18 and 21) We are getting to be a big tribe. LOL!
    I love making the mice so much because there is so little sewing. I reckon they would look good on a Christmas tree with hats or big red and gold bow ties. HAHAHA! I have such fun with your dear mice.
    Thanks for posting your Christmas. (Christmas ALWAYS seems to sneak up on me) ❀


  5. knettycraft says:

    Hello Janette. I wish you and your family all the best for the New Year. Thank you for sharing your thaughts, work and always such good photos on your lovely blog. Kind regards from cold and wintry Germany
    Annett x


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