Santa Knows

Sarah and her thirteen-year-old sister had been fighting a lot this year. This happens when you combine a headstrong two-year-old, who is sure she is always right, with a young adolescent.

Sarah’s parents, trying to take advantage of her newfound interest in Santa Claus, reminded the two-year-old that Santa was watching and doesn’t like it when children fight. This had little impact. Continue reading

Photo With Santa

Photo With Santa

I could not find my photo of Butterfly’s first Christmas, so here is a photo taken of myself (standing) with my siblings.

What is the Meaning of this?

This whole Santa Claus thing just doesn’t make sense. Why all the secrecy? Why all the mystery?
If the guy exists why doesn’t he ever show himself and prove it?
And if he doesn’t exist what’s the meaning of all this?

I dunno. Isn’t this a religious holiday?

Yeah, but actually, I’ve got the same questions about God.”

— Bill Watterson

Christmas #1

Christmas gifts.

Christmas gifts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As some of my readers will know, we are a pagan family and don’t usually celebrate Christmas. Well, that has just changed. We (like many Christian families, I’d imagine) have found that the kids have been concentrating on the gift giving aspect of our holidays to the exclusion of the spirituality. Therefore, we decided to celebrate our holidays solely as spiritual affairs and exchange our gifts on the Christian holidays.

We are kicking this off this year with a bang by having two Christmases. My mother is coming to visit early in January, so we decided to have one Christmas on Christmas Day & another when Mum is here.

We got rid of all our decorations when we moved and, rather than buying more this year, we decided to make our own. The kids did most of this and they had a ton of fun. They did a great job to – I’m willing to bet that this is the best our tree has ever looked!

After much busy-ness and anticipation, Christmas Eve finally rolled around. With great excitement, the children placed their stockings around the tree and prepared a plate with homemade cookies for Santa and a carrot for the reindeer along with a glass of milk. Then it was off to bed.

Next morning, they had us up at the crack of dawn to show us all the wonderful treats Santa left in their stockings. Then, after brekky, we opened the gifts Santa left under the tree as well as those from friends and my mother-in-law. The pressies we are giving each other are staying under the tree until our second Christmas and Mum’s pressies are yet to arrive.

After the presents were all opened, we had some phone calls to make. First we called my MIL and we each spoke to her individually. Then we skyped with my Mum, brother and sister down in Adelaide. It was nice to see their faces. After that, I called my cousin in Sydney, which was good.

Then it was lunch time. Nothing special, just an ordinary lunch. We are saving the feast to have with Mum. The afternoon was spent relaxing and enjoying our gifts before settling down to a delicious meal of ribs and baked veg.

After a big day (and a very early morning lol), we were all exhausted, so none of us was up very late. It was worth it, though. We had a great day!

Now we get to do it all over again when Mum is here.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Rein (16yrs) quoted in ‘What’s Happening to Our Girls? by Maggie Hamilton’

English: Photo of Jonathan G. Meath portraying...

English: Photo of Jonathan G. Meath portraying Santa Claus. Date approximate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I have had problems with my body since I was 8. When I was 8, I thought that I was disgusting, and in writing my letter to Santa (the only way to get presents), I asked him for liposuction.”

Xmas Fair Tonight

Dog the Teddy Bear (l) and Skip The Teddy Bear...

Dog the Teddy Bear (l) and Skip The Teddy Bear (r) hanging out with a modern-day Santa Claus (note the cell phone in use). Also note Skip forgot his green hat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, hubby is playing the big red guy at the school xmas fair tonight. He will be handing out all the wonderful things people have been donating as well as the stuff I bought and made. There are loads of books as well as teddy bears, handbag shaped photo frames, porcelain dolphins and heaps of bookmarks, postcards doorknob hangers and stickers.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to the lovely folks at St Vinnies and Bookcrossing for their generosity in making donations for Santa to hand out.

It is doubly lucky because we just found out that most of the things that the school provided were stored in the home of the P&C President, which recently burned to the ground. You can imagine how pleased they were to find out we had a heap of stuff here!

Have a great night everybody and happy holidays!

St Vinnies Rocks!

Santa Claus

Santa Claus (Photo credit: Christopher S. Penn)

On Monday I was really restless, so hubby and I took our last $3.45 and walked down to St Vinnies to see what we could find for Santa to give out at the xmas fair. We bought an old bobby hat for our kids for 50 cents. The remaining money got us a book, a teddy, a stuffed koala, a toy flower and a bangle – all of which Santa will hand out at the xmas fair.

Anyway, when we were paying, I happened to mention what the stuff was for. Next thing you know, the lady was givng us a couple of boxes of handbag shaped photo frames, as well as about 8-10 porcelain dolphins for free! And, if any teddys come in by tomorrow in good condition, shes going to give us those too!

There are definitely going to be some happy little faces at the xmas fair on Friday night!

St Vinnies rocks.