Happy Christmas 2013

Tim here.

It’s our third Christmas in Aus, and therefore it seems right to adopt the phrase “Happy Christmas!”

In 2011 we did nothing for Christmas. It was hot and weird and we’d just spent way too much money moving here and getting set up.

In 2012 we had a tiny, wiry tree that we made from some fake boughs and a tomato cage, and we celebrated with a few small gifts.  It was also hot and weird, but we played Christmas songs and made an effort.

This year we seem to have gone back to nearly-full-on Western Christmas, with a massive (fake) tree and piles of gifts; granted, most of them were from grandparents! Eden got it this year, the whole idea of Christmas being an exciting time that involves junk food and gifts, and possibly baby Jesus. Although today at breakfast she looked at me and said, “Daddy, you are God.”, so she hasn’t quite grasped the full story yet, but getting there. The hot Christmas (a relatively chilly 31 degrees or so) was nice, very pleasant, even a bit Christmassy!


We spent most of the day with friends, enjoying food and drinks and their company… and their pool, of course.  Kathryn has already bombarded Facebook with pictures, but here’s one in case you missed those or don’t have access:


It’s been a full day, so we’re heading to bed.  Keep an eye out for an upcoming post about 2013: A Year in Review. It’s been a good year, we’re thankful for all that we have, especially each other. It’s great to have a few days off to relax and play with loved ones, and I hope that’s what’s in store for all of you who are still enjoying Christmas day.  I hope you’re at least this happy in your hearts:


Merry Christmas 🙂

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  1. Hi Tim, Kathryn, Eden and Kate!! We are just getting ready to head out to the Valley to see “Grammy & Grampy Cross” so we will share some pictures with them! So nice to share a little bit of Christmas morning with you (sorry about the interruptions!!) but still missing all of you….I almost called on Skype again last night! We had 17 people for 2 different Christmas dinners over the past two days – our natural family and our “adopted international family”…the only family missing was yours ! The rug under your tree almost looks like sparkly snow 🙂 We have lots of the real stuff here, so we expect there will still be lots around when you arrive in March!! Love you lots!!! Mom/Nana and Dad/Grampy xoxoxoxo

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