Tonight was our village's annual Christmas carol concert which takes place around the village christmas tree on the local green. Both my sons, their partners and grandchildren came around earlier in the afternoon and after having trimmed up our hallway Christmas tree (affectionately known as the grandkids tree because they are allowed free rein to trim it up as they please) we had a quickie tea of hot dogs( lovely bread rolls made by Tony and pork and tomato sausages courtesy of our lovely local butcher) and chips followed by hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows.Yum! We all piled up to the village green just in time for the start and it was lovely to see more people there than ever this year. It seems that the numbers grow year on year and I think its great for the community.
Here we are waiting for the carols to begin. E knew one carol, Away in a Manger from school, but she was too shy to sing it.
After we had all finished singing the band started to play Rudolf the red nosed reindeer which was a cue for Santa to put in an appearance. The little ones were really excited if a little wary!
E overcame her initial apprehension to tell Santa what she was hoping for....
Little O didn't seem to be fazed at all.... but A would only speak to Santa when he was safely in his dad's arms!
It was a really lovely day, these photos will be a lasting memory for us as it is their last Christmas in England. A new life awaits in Australia for them next year and you can bet your bottom dollar it will be much warmer over there than it is here at Christmas. I said as much to E when she was complaining of the cold!
I finished work on friday, my last full day before Christmas and I'm now on holiday. Hopefully I will be able to catch up on lots of jobs around the house both at ours and my parents homes. I have still some shopping to do and friends to catch up with. I always like to try and get this week off work each year and feel like breathing a huge sigh of relief when I finally finish for Christmas. Looking forward to a nice peaceful Christmas, no meal to cook - we are going out for lunch! How are your plans going, are you nearly all done?