Christmas at our house

We had the kids a few days before Christmas, so we surprised them with our gift-hunt in the yard garden on Christmas Eve morning. [I don't know how they did it, but both managed to miss one present that I found later!]

We had pizza on the beach in New Plymouth on Christmas Eve, where we saw some kite-surfers and kayakers having fun on the water. We then went to Pukekura Park to see the lights that are really fun every year. (See Hubby's The Reluctant Photographer's photos for pictures.)

I thought this sleigh in the Begonia House was adorable, even if Santa looks a bit frightened.

We opened our other gifts on Christmas morning and I made omelets for brunch. Afterwards, we went to Opunake so the kids could swim. There were lots of people having cook-outs and just chilling.

Here's my favorite view of Opunake Beach.

When we got back to the house, Hubby cooked Christmas dinner for us. [What a prince of a guy!] We had turkey, veggies and Connie's Sweet Potato Decadence (which is SOOO aptly named) Thanks, Connie!

All in all, a great time for all of us. And still weird without snow.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas! (Your hubby's photos were good...)

And you're right - Santa does look terrified, doesn't he?

Christina, Sweden said...

Such a different Christmas compered to Sweden. We have about 40-50 cm's of snow and it's still snowing off and on. Today it's -10 C so nu swimming for us. would be strange but interesting to be on your cintinnet some Christmas but then I guess we would miss the snow (unbelieveable right now though). Have a nice time rest of the holiday and a Happy New year!!


Amy said...

As strange as it seems to be without snow you can't beat NZ summer Christmas :-)

Michelle said...

Having a warm Christmas (and swimming!) is so foreign to me. I love some of the decorations, as I've been wondering how they'd be adapted for the lack of snow :) Merry Christmas!

Connie said...

I've been to the beach to swim at Christmas in Florida - it was still cold, but we did it anyway. Your nervous Santa looks like a parent teaching a teen to drive :D My kids aren't old enough yet, but as an Army NCO, I had to teach a remarkable number of young men and women how to drive, and I've worn that expression many a time!! Glad you liked the sweet potato recipe - we had it too and it is better than dessert! Now, off to check out the photos...

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Did you skilful husband make the sleigh?

I am on the Gold Coast, and it is too hot. I must remember to come here in the winter.