Christmas Day has been and gone and although it was very strange being so far away from friends and family at this time we have had a good week. The build up to Christmas over here was much more relaxed than what we were used to in New Zealand...we only had Christmas to prepare for and think about rather than the mad end of year rush.
On Christmas Day we opened pressies in the morning before heading off to church, we then had some time to play with our new toys before going out to a local hotel for Christmas dinner. I had turkey with all the trimmings (I have to say I didn't eat the pile of brussel sprouts on my plate...) and a yummy dessert (not as good as Mum's pavlova though). Then in the evening we went over to the neighbours for drinks, so it was quite a social day.
The 27th felt more like a NZ Christmas as we visited friends for the day - we went for a huge walk followed by another Christmas meal of ham, new potatoes and salad!!!
One good thing about having Christmas over here is that you get to enjoy the lights that people decorate their houses with because it gets dark so early (4pm)...It is very cold but unfortunately not a white Christmas.
We have spent time this Christmas thinking about the birth of Jesus, enjoying being together, and thanking God for our friends.