I love to look back each year at Christmas photos, so in the spirit of recording them, here are some little scenes of how things looked around here before the big day.
Picking strawberries from the garden for a Christmas Eve barbecue with some dear friends, which we had to move inside at the last minute because it was a bit cold and windy. Some handmade present making too - I embroidered this whilst sitting in the shade watching our little girl have a ball with some water, bubbles and old teapots.
Early morning crafting - adding glittery stickers received in the post from Grandma to our Christmas cards.
I'm not sure if you have noticed the "sparkly dress" in many of these pictures - this has been a big feature of her world for the last few months. It was a gift from her Aunty a while ago and seeing as she won't fit it for much longer we decided she might as well get as much enjoyment from it as possible! Gosh this girl loves sparkly pretty things, somewhat like a magpie.
Gingerbread men and peppermint bark. This year the Gingerbread men and ladies required pink sprinkles. Why not?! Recipe for our gingerbread men here and next year I wish to make the bark from this recipe - it looks ever so delicious. My Honey's mum gifted us a box of homemade Christmas mince pieces and Christmas cake again this year! We are so lucky.
I love how some candles and a bunch of flowers collected from the roadside makes lunch look so pretty. We had a few relaxed lunches with family and friends - fresh baked bread and pickings from the garden.
Wreath making with the leftover manuka branches from the advent spiral at our kindy. Simple twisted branches tied with string with a few baubles from the tree.
These are such special times when you have a little one, I hope she looks back and remembers it fondly. I hope you had a lovely pre-christmas too.